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In the fall of 2011, the Census Bureau released data from the American Community Survey (ACS) one-year (2010) and three-year (2008–2010) estimates for the United States. The ACS replaced the decennial census long form in 2010 and now collects long-form-type information on a continuing basis rather than every 10 years, providing more current data. The ACS provides a regular stream of updated information for states and local areas and has revolutionized the way we use data to understand our communities. It produces social, housing, and economic characteristics for demographic groups. This third edition of The Who, What, and Where of America is the first to include data on unmarried partner households, health insurance coverage, and median real estate tax. It uses the 2008–2010 ACS data to present a concise resource of information that tells a story about America—its population, levels of education, types of employment and housing, and patterns of migration and transportation in one, convenient volume.The Who, What, and Where of America pulls details from the ACS that identify America at a certain point in time:Who: Age, Race and Ethnicity, and Household StructureWhat: Education, Employment, and IncomeWhere: Migration, Housing, and TransportationEach part is preceded by highlights and ranking tables that show how areas diverge from the national norm. These research aids are invaluable for understanding data from the ACS and for highlighting what it tells us about who we are, what we do, and where we live.Each topic is divided into four tables revealing the results of the data collected from different types of geographic areas in the United States, generally with populations greater than 20,000. Using these breakdowns, we can compare the change, movement, or activities of each area with its neighboring areas and with the national norm: • States• Counties• Metropolitan Areas • Cities Some facts in this edition of Who, What, and Where Who: The U.S. population grew by 9.7 percent between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. The ACS measures the population characteristics, and the proportions in each race group have remained relatively stable. The Hispanic or Latino population showed the greatest increase, growing to more than 16 percent of the population, a jump of nearly 2 percentage points in only a few years. The Asian population, now 5.6 percent of the population, also showed a large proportional increase. Average household size in 2010 was 2.63 persons per household, slightly higher than the 2.6 persons per household measured in the 2005–2007 time period. Compared with the states, DC ranks number 1 with the highest percentage of people who have never been married as well as the highest proportion of one-person households. Among the states, Maine has the highest proportion of divorced persons, at 13.8 percent. In the United States as a whole, 10.9 percent of the population was divorced. The percentage of households in which no adult speaks English well is 4.3 percent for the nation. California, New York, and Texas lead with between 8 percent and 10 percent of households with no English-speaking adults. Nearly half of American households are married-couple family households, a proportion that dropped below 50 percent during the decade, ranging from over 60 percent in Utah to 22.7 percent in the District of Columbia. DC’s population—totally urban—reflects an influx of young, single persons (57 percent have never married), with nearly half of all households occupied by only one person and a median age that dropped by more than a year during the last half of the decade. Among metropolitan areas, Palm Coast, Florida had the highest increase in population--more than 90 percent from 2000 to 2010. Palm Coast is a new metropolitan area with a core city that didn’t even exist 40 years ago. Its rapid growth has made it very vulnerable to the recent downturns in the housing market. St. George, Utah, had the next highest increase, at almost 53 perce
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ISBN: 9781598885378
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