Examining Characteristics of America’s Smaller Cities

.. As of 2014, there were 19,509 incorporated cities/places in the U.S. 12,744 (65.3%) of these cities had a 2014 population of 2,500 or less; 15,834 (81.2)%) had a population of 7,500 or less. Rank, compare, query all cities using this interactive table. Examine change since 2010. This section illustrates how to examine more detailed characteristics for any one of these cities — irrespective of population size.

Sandpoint, Idaho: Patterns of Economic Prosperity

— Sandpoint, ID shown with bold black boundary
— colors show patterns of median household income by census tract
— view developed with CV XE GIS

Sandpoint, ID, 2014 population 7,760, intersects with three census tracts.  One of these tracts completely encompasses the places of Ponderay and Kootenai, located to the northeast of Sandpoint.  The next map shows Sandpoint in context of Bonner County, ID

Sandpoint, ID Demographic-Economic Characteristics
The following graphic shows a partial view of a demographic-economic profile for Sandpoint, ID. View the full profile here. Get a profile for any U.S. city.

The profile shows demographic-economic attributes of Sandpoint based on American Community Survey (ACS) 2012 and 2013 5-year estimates. 2014 5-year estimates will be available in December 2015.

The full profile tells a lot more about the city than only population by age. These attributes include school enrollment, educational attainment, migration, language spoken at home, employment status, employment by industry, income and wide ranging housing characteristics. Get the corresponding profile for the county or adjacent city. Compare attributes side-by-side.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data.

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