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U.S.-State-Metro Demographic-Economic Interactive Tables
-- Social Characteristics
November 2015. The what, why and benefits ... in 2014, the MSA having the highest percent of college graduates, one measure of educational attainment, was the Boulder, CO MSA 58.0% (U.S. overall: 30.1%, lowest ranked MSA: Hanford-Corcoran, CA MSA 11.5%). Use the table below to learn about metros of interest to you. These are the most recent data on this subject, available for all MSAs (and the U.S. and states) until September 2016, when these data update. This measure of educational attainment is one of 152 measures of social characteristics available for each of these areas (see list in scroll section below).
These data are bundled for interactive access only via the interactive table presented in this section; not available elsewhere. This set of data, augmented with other selected subject matter, has been integrated into shapefiles for use in GIS applications as illustrated in this section and not available elsewhere. This combination of data and analytical tools enables wide-ranging users to analyze this scope of data, optionally with other data, without the expenditure of time and learning curve to develop the data in these ready-to-use analytical structures.
Scope of Subject Matter & Geography
The national scope U.S.-State-Metro Demographic-Economic Dataset contains approximately 600 subject matter items tabulated for each area organized into four subject matter groups:
Social Characteristics (this section)
This section includes the U.S., all states, all MSAs, and all MISAs with 65,000 population or more. See the same scope of subject matter and structure for the 114th Congressional Districts. These data are based on the American Community Survey (ACS) 2014 1-year estimates. See notes on importance of these data.
Patterns of Percent College Graduate by Metro
The graphic below shows percent college graduate (of population 25 year and over) by MSA for the mid-atlantic region. MSAs shown with bold brown boundary; labeled with item item S067 (percent college graduate). See color/interval patterns in highlighted layer in legend panel at left of map (in larger view). The thematic pattern shows item S067 DP2 interactive table below. Click graphic for larger view.
- view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.
Use the interactive ranking table in this section to view, query, rank, compare social 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.
Social Characteristics Items
U.S.-State-Metro Demographic-Economic Ranking Tables -- Social Characteristics
Click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction. See more usage notes below table.
Data are based on ACS 2014 1 year estimates. See related Ranking Tables Main Page
Click ShowAll button between specific queries.
Use Find> button to select/filter based on name column.
- Click ShowAll button first.
- Enter search text in edit box to right of Find> button.
... text is case sensitive; partial; names okay.
- Default value of "MSA" (no quotes) will select all MSAs (381 areas).
... note if the GeoType 310 Metro is used, 508 metros are selected (both MSAs and MISAs).
- Example: "San" (no quotes) will select all areas with name starting with San.
Click row (turns blue) select, then right-click to copy to clipboard.
- Optionally paste in another application such as Excel.
Mouse-over header cell to view description of column.
- Alternatively associate cell header item number with scroll section above table for item description.
Estimates are not available for cells with -1 value (for this geography and this time frame).
All items are estimates centric to 2014.
Click ShowAll button between specific area queries.
Determining Metro Based on Address
Key in an address here to find codes/names to determine congressional district, city/place, school district, census tract, etc. geocode/area name based on address.
Key in an address here to view demographic-economic characteristics (and associated geographic codes) for that location (.e.g., for corresponding block group, census tract or other area containing that address).
Importance of these Data
These data provide "richer" demographic-economic characteristics for national scope metros. While Census 2010 provides data similar to those items in this section, only ACS 2010 and successive annual updates 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 data described in this section are supplemented by a wide range of additional subject matter. ACS 2015 1-year estimates become available in September 2016.
Metros and Core-Based Statistical Areas [goto top]
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISAs) are geographic entities delineated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics. The term "Core-Based Statistical Area" (CBSA) refer to the collective set of MSAs and MISAs. A MSA contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population. A MISA contains an urban core of at least 10,000 (but less than 50,000) population. Each MSA or MISA consists of one or more counties and includes the counties containing the core urban area, as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the urban core. The availability of data tabulated by MSA and MISA (and often less available for all counties or all cities) make MSAs and MISAs popular for the analysis of demographic, economic and business data.
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