Your demographic pulse

Not everyone may be aware that the “long form” of the Census was actually separated from the rest of the Census questionnaire after the 2000 Census. This was done in an effort to provide more timely information in between the Census taken every ten years.

Last week, the American Community Survey (ACS) results for 2010 were released. Among the 40 topics is information about commuting to work, income, and health insurance coverage. This article, which appears on the Census Bureau blog, details some of the findings in most recent information released. James Treat, who authored the blog post, and works for the Census Bureau, listed a few interesting facts:

Average travel time to work was highest for Maryland (31.8 minutes) and then New York (31.3 minutes). North Dakota had the lowest average travel times (16.1) followed by South Dakota (16.8).

Real median household income decreased between the 2009 ACS and 2010 ACS in 35 states. For 15 states and the District of Columbia, real median household income in the 2010 ACS was not statistically different from that in the 2009 ACS.

In 2010, 32 percent of the foreign-born population from Latin America were naturalized citizens. Among counties of birth, Jamaica (61 percent) and Cuba (56 percent) had the highest percent naturalized. Mexico (23 percent) and Honduras (21 percent) were among the countries with the lowest percent naturalized.

In 2010, the percent of individuals 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree ranged from 17.5 percent in West Virginia to 39.0 percent in Massachusetts. In six states more than one-third of those 25 and over had a bachelor’s degree: Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia.

The article is very informative, and if you like demographics and statistics like I do, you should read the entire article. Mr. Treat leaves us with directions to look at and play with the data.

Nowhere else will one see data on such a wide array of key attributes about our communities. To dig into the data yourself, visit the American FactFinder.

Have fun!

4 thoughts on “Your demographic pulse

  1. Yeah, this bedroom to kitchen to dining room commute has got me down. LOL

    I played a little guessing game here at the house and asked everyone which 6 states had the 1/3 of people with Bachelor degree. None of us did that well, although I was the only one to guess Colorado, and the youngest was the only one to guess VA. That’s why I like statistics and demographics, to test people’s perception of the world around them.

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