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-- ACS 2012 Economic Characteristics
The U.S. national scope Census Tracts Demographic-Economic Dataset contains approximately 600 subject matter items tabulated for each census tract organized into four subject matter groups:
General Demographics ... previous year
Social Characteristics ... previous year
Economic Characteristics (this section) ... previous year
Housing Characteristics ... previous year
Data in this section are based on the American Community Survey (ACS) 2012 5-year estimates. See notes on importance of these data. See similar ranking tables: Cities | School Districts | State-Metro-County | ZIP Codes.
The most recent census tract demographic-economic interactive tables are based on ACS 2014. See U.S. national scope ACS 2014 census tract interactive tables.
Use the interactive ranking table in this section to view, query, rank, compare economic characteristics of the population, households and families in these areas. The scroll box shown below lists each of the subject matter items available for each area via the ranking table. 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.
Economic Characteristics Items
To determine the census tracts with the highest median family income in California:
- Click ShowAll button. Click State dropdown and select California.
- Use horizontal scroll bar to make column E062 visible.
- Click once on E062 column header then click once more on E062 column header.
- Scroll down to 1st numeric value: tract CA-081-612800 has the highest $MHI among all CA tract codes: 227,500.
Census Tract Demographic-Economic Ranking Tables -- Economic Characteristics
Click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction. See usage notes below table.
Data based on ACS 2012 5 year estimates. See related Ranking Tables Main Page
73,056 tracts; initial load may require 10 seconds; Click row to copy to clipboard
Tract code column: Census 2010 census tract code structured as 11 characters:
- ss (state postal code) + ccc (county FIPS code) + tttttt (Census 2010 census tract code).
- all 11 characters required to uniquely identify a tract code.
Use Select Area to select/filter for all tracts in a county or one tract.
- Click ShowAll button first.
- values entered: no spaces; strict structure; alpha must be upper case.
- all tracts in a county: key in 5-character code and click Select Area.
> 5-character code is state postal abbreviation followed by county FIPS code.
> to view all tracts in Harris County, TX, the code is TX201 (TX for Texas and 201 for Harris County).
- a selected tract: key in 11-character tract code and click Select Area.
> 5-character state postal abbr plus county FIPS code plus 6 character tract code.
> to view tract Texas tract 019800 in county 113, key in TX113019800 and click Select Area button.
Click ShowAll button between specific queries.
Cells with -1 value could not be estimated (for this geography and this time frame).
Use address look-up tool to determine census tract, city/place and other geocode/area name/demographics based on address.
About these Data
These data provide "richer" demographic-economic characteristics for national scope census tracts. 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 tract dataset are supplemented by a wide range of additional subject matter. ACS census tract data are updated annually in December of each year.
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