Characteristics of the U.S. Population & Housing

… examining demographic-economic characteristics and patterns of the United States … the United States median household income was $51,371 in 2012 and $53,657 in 2014 — a change of $2,286 (4.5%). These are the most recent estimates and based on the American Community Survey (ACS). What about other attributes? The population who spoke a language other than English “not very well” in 2012 was approximately 25 million — that number increased by approximately 500 thousand between 2012 and 2014 — an example of other subject matter. The table and data provided in this section provides much more detail. This section can be a handy reference. Bookmark the related full Web page.

ACS provides annual data. Data for 2012 and 2014 are used here as 1) the 2014 data are the most recent and 2) comparing change over two years might provide improved insights as compared to a 1-year change.

There are many statistical programs that provide wide-ranging measures of U.S. demographic-economic attributes. Among the many important features of the ACS data is this unique feature: the ACS data provides largely the same scope of subject matter at the national level down to the block group level. Block groups cover the U.S. wall-to-wall with detailed geographic granularity (217,000 areas). For example, compare the U.S. ACS 2012 or 2014 5-year estimates

The Census 2010 population of the United States was 308,745,538. The table shown below provides updated demographics developed by ProximityOne using data from ACS. For areas of 65,000 population or more, ACS 1-year estimates are tabulated, as shown in this table. For smaller population areas (and for all areas), ACS 5-year estimates are also tabulated. All ACS data are estimates and subject to errors of estimation and other errors. See more about comparing these data over time.

Corresponding tables for selected areas:
United States
United Statesxls — 1-year — 2012-2014 (same data as shown below)
United Statesxls — 5-year — 2012-2014
State of Texasxls — 1-year — 2012-2014
State of Texasxls — 5-year — 2012-2014
School Districts
Dallas ISDxls — 1-year — 2012-2014
Dallas ISDxls — 5-year — 2012-2014

United States Demographic-Economic Characteristics
Below is a graphic illustrating the table. Click graphic to view entire table.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

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. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

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