Metropolitan Area Social Characteristics Data Analytics
-- 2016 Households, Families, Ancestry, Education, Language, more ...
January 2018. In 2016, the U.S. percent college graduates was 31.3 percent (of the population ages 25 and over) while Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) ranged from 11.3% (Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ MSA) to 60.6% (Boulder, CO MSA). See item/column S067 in the interactive table below to view, rank, compare, analyze metros based on this measure for 2016 ... in context of related social characteristics. These data uniquely provide insights into many of the most important social characteristics.
This section is focused on tools, resources and methods that you can use to access, integrate and analyze social characteristics for metropolitan areas or Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs). The table presented below includes data for 382 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and 129 Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISAs). These data will update in September 2018.
Go to interactive table below in this section.
Approximately 600 subject matter items from the American Community Survey ACS 2016 database (released September 2017) are included in these four pages/tables:
Social Characteristics -- this section
See related Metro Areas Population & Components of Change time series data.
Patterns of Educational Attainment by Metro
The following graphic shows patterns of educational attainment (percent college graduate) by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Legend shows color patterns associated with percent college graduate values.
- View developed using CV XE GIS software and associated GIS project.
- use these resources to develop similar views for any area. Modify subjects, zoom, colors, labels, add your data.
Using the Interactive Table
Use the interactive table below to view, query, rank, compare social characteristics of the population for these areas. The scroll box shown below lists each of the subject matter items available for each area via the ranking table. In the subject matter items scrollbox, subject matter items are organized into to mini-tables with related items. The number at the left of the subject matter item is also used as the short name for the subject matter item in the column header in the ranking table.
Social Characteristics Items
.. a few item names and numbers changed from previous year data/table.
Metropolitan Area 2016 Social Characteristics -- interactive table
Click ShowAll button between Find/Queries. Use mouseover on column header to view column description.
See usage notes below table. See related tables -- interactive tables.
If table not showing any rows; click ShowAll button below table.
Use vertical and horizontal scroll bars to navigate up/down or left/right.
Adjust column widths using column divider between header cells.
Find Name> button -- use to select metro based on exact spelling of partial name in column 1.
.. Key in exact up/low case spelling of partial name of metro in the edit box to right of Find Name> button.
.. overwriting the value MSA.
.. click the Find Name> button ... table refreshes with all metros with matched spelling in column 1.
Selected columns -- "AvgHHSize.AvgFamSize.%HSGrad.%CollGrad" below the table to show only these columns;
.. click "All columns" button to restore view to all columns.
All items are estimates for 2016.
Click ShowAll button between specific area queries.
Cells with negative value could not be estimated (for this geography and this time frame).
Use find codes/names to determine census tract, city/place, school district etc. geocode/area name based on address.
Importance of Demographic-Economic Data
The importance of understanding the demographic-economic make-up and trends can hardly be overstated. Community and educational challenges and opportunities are shaped by demographic-economic dynamics. Only by knowing "where we are" can we develop the most effective plans for improvement.
The American Community Survey provides "richer" demographic-economic characteristics for national scope wide-ranging geographic areas. While Census 2010 provides data similar to those items in the General Demographics section, only ACS sourced data provide details on topics such as income and poverty, labor force and employment, housing value and costs, educational participation and attainment, language spoken at home, among many related items. The approximate 600 items accessible via the dataset are supplemented by a wide range of additional subject matter. These data are updated annually in December of each year for each/all political/statistical areas, including census tracts, ZIP code areas and block groups..
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