Saturday, August 20, 2011

Average Floridian getting younger

WASHINGTON – Aug. 18, 2011 – The U.S. Census Bureau released new information from the 2010 Census, and it shows that the majority of Florida growth came from working-age adults, 18 to 64 years old, who settled in counties on the edge of major cities.

Two decades ago, Florida had the highest median age in the U.S.; 10 years ago, the state ranked No. 2. Based on the just-released numbers, it’s now No. 5.

The recent Census information has valuable data for real estate agents considering a farm area or choosing a message for advertising. It includes statistics about Florida’s residents sorted by area, age, sex, household type, family type, housing units, and race and origin groups.

The Census Bureau has already released some of the information. The latest data, however, adds more information and allows much of it to be manipulated to create a more robust analysis.

New topics include:

• single year of age by sex
• more detail on children, including adopted, stepchildren and grandchildren
• race and Hispanic origin of householder
• more detail on household relationships
• group quarters population by sex, age and group quarters type
• housing tenure (rented or owned) by age, household type, race and Hispanic origin of householder
• mortgage status of owned housing units

Accessing the information

Summary tables can be found on the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder website. A good place to start is the quick tables, noted as “QT” in the search results list, which show a summary of a topic for one geographic area at a time. The geographic comparison tables (noted as “GCT”) are a good place to start for a first look at a topic across geographies, such as all places within Florida.

A summary file version of the information is also available for users who want to download the set of detailed tables for all of the geographies within a state and run their own analysis and rankings.

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