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June 2021 .. examining educational attainment ... Arlington County, VA has highest percent of college graduates among counties 50,000 population or more. See where counties of interest rank on this and other social characteristics measures using the interactive table below. Social characteristics of counties are essential for business development, market analysis, planning, economic development, program management and general awareness of patterns and trends. This section provides access to data and tools to examine these data for all counties in the U.S. This annual update includes characteristics for counties based on ACS 2019 data.

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See these four related sections/tables organized by type of subject matter:
  • General Demographics
  • Social Characteristics-- this section
  • Economic Characteristics
  • Housing Characteristics

Patterns of Percent College Graduates by County
The following graphic shows percent college graduate population by county. Click graphic for larger view and details.

- View developed using ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Using the Interactive Table -- goto top
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 (DP2)
S001 . Total households
S002 .. Married couple family
S003 ... With own children of the householder under 18 years
S004 .. Cohabiting couple household
S005 ... With own children of the householder
S006 .. Male householder, no spouse/partner present
S007 ... With own children of the householder under 18 years
S008 ... Householder living alone
S009 .... 65 years and over
S010 .. Female householder, no husband present, family
S011 ... With own children of the householder under 18 years
S012 ... Householder living alone
S013 .... 65 years and over
S014 .. Households with one or more people under 18 years
S015 .. Households with one or more people 65 years and over
S016 .. Average household size
S017 .. Average family size
S018 . Population in households
S019 .. Householder
S020 .. Spouse
S021 .. Unmarried partner
S022 .. Child
S023 .. Other relatives
S024 .. Other nonrelatives
S025 . Males 15 years and over
S026 .. Never married
S027 .. Now married, except separated
S028 .. Separated
S029 .. Widowed
S030 .. Divorced
S031 . Females 15 years and over
S032 .. Never married
S033 .. Now married, except separated
S034 .. Separated
S035 .. Widowed
S036 .. Divorced
S037 . Number of women 15 to 50 years old who had a birth in the past 12 months
S038 .. Unmarried women (widowed, divorced, and never married)
S039 ... Per 1,000 unmarried women
S040 .. Per 1,000 women 15 to 50 years old
S041 .. Per 1,000 women 15 to 19 years old
S042 .. Per 1,000 women 20 to 34 years old
S043 .. Per 1,000 women 35 to 50 years old
S044 . Number of grandparents living with own grandchildren under 18 years
S045 .. Grandparents responsible for grandchildren
.. Years responsible for grandchildren
S046 ... Less than 1 year
S047 ... 1 or 2 years
S048 ... 3 or 4 years
S049 ... 5 or more years
S050 . Number of grandparents responsible for own grandchildren under 18 years
S051 .. Who are female
S052 .. Who are married
S053 . Population 3 years and over enrolled in school
S054 .. Nursery school, preschool
S055 .. Kindergarten
S056 .. Elementary school (grades 1-8)
S057 .. High school (grades 9-12)
S058 .. College or graduate school
S059 . Population 25 years and over
S060 .. Less than 9th grade
S061 .. 9th to 12th grade, no diploma
S062 .. High school graduate (includes equivalency)
S063 .. Some college, no degree
S064 .. Associate's degree
S065 .. Bachelor's degree
S066 .. Graduate or professional degree
S067 .. Percent high school graduate or higher
S068 .. Percent bachelor's degree or higher
S069 . Civilian population 18 years and over
S070 .. Civilian veterans
S071 . Total Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population
S072 .. With a disability
S073 ... Under 18 years
S074 .. With a disability
S075 ... 18 to 64 years
S076 .. With a disability
S077 ... 65 years and over
S078 ... With a disability
S079 . Population 1 year and over
S080 .. Same house
S081 .. Different house in the U.S.
S082 ... Same county
S083 ... Different county
S084 .... Same state
S085 .... Different state
S086 .. Abroad
S087 . Total population
S088 .. Native
S089 ... Born in United States
S090 .... State of residence
S091 .... Different state
S092 ... Born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island areas, or born abroad to American parent(s)
S093 .. Foreign born
S094 . Foreign-born population
S095 .. Naturalized U.S. citizen
S096 ...Not a U.S. citizen
S097 . Population born outside the United States
S098 .. Native
S099 ... Entered 2010 or later
S100 ... Entered before 2010
S101 .. Foreign born
S102 ... Entered 2010 or later
S103 ... Entered before 2010
S104 . Foreign-born population, excluding population born at sea
S105 .. Europe
S106 .. Asia
S107 .. Africa
S108 .. Oceania
S109 .. Latin America
S110 .. Northern America
S111 . Population 5 years and over
S112 .. English only
S113 .. Language other than English
S114 ... Speak English less than "very well"
S115 .. Spanish
S116 ... Speak English less than "very well"
S117 .. Other Indo-European languages
S118 ... Speak English less than "very well"
S119 .. Asian and Pacific Islander languages
S120 ... Speak English less than "very well"
S121 .. Other languages
S122 ... Speak English less than "very well"
S123 . Total population
S124 .. American
S125 .. Arab
S126 .. Czech
S127 .. Danish
S128 .. Dutch
S129 .. English
S130 .. French (except Basque)
S131 .. French Canadian
S132 .. German
S133 .. Greek
S134 .. Hungarian
S135 .. Irish
S136 .. Italian
S137 .. Lithuanian
S138 .. Norwegian
S139 .. Polish
S140 .. Portuguese
S141 .. Russian
S142 .. Scotch-Irish
S143 .. Scottish
S144 .. Slovak
S145 .. Subsaharan African
S146 .. Swedish
S147 .. Swiss
S148 .. Ukrainian
S149 .. Welsh
S150 .. West Indian (excluding Hispanic origin groups)
S150 . Total households
S151 .. With a computer
S152 .. With a broadband Internet subscription

U.S. by County Social Characteristics interactiive tables: General . Social (here) . Economic . Housing . Top
  Based on ACS 2019
  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.

Usage Notes
  • 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.
  • StCty> button -- use to select one county -- one row appears in grid.
    .. get county 5-character code here
    .. paste the 5-character county code in the edit box to right of StCty> button.
    .. overwriting the value 48113.
    .. click the StCty> button ... table refreshes with the selected county.
  • CBSA> button -- use to select counties in a specified March 2020 vintage metro/CBSA
    .. get metro 5-character code here
    .. paste the 5-character metro code in the edit box to right of CBSA> button.
    .. overwriting the value 19100.
    .. click the CBSA> button ... table refreshes with all areas in specified metro.
  • Find Name> button -- use to select area based on exact spelling of partial name in column 1.
    .. Key in exact up/low case spelling of partial name of area in the edit box to right of Find Name> button.
    .. overwriting the value Dallas.
    .. click the Find Name> button ... table refreshes with all areas with matched spelling in column 1.
  • Selected columns -- "Pop.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 based on ACS 2019 5-year estimates.
  • Click ShowAll button between specific area queries.
  • Cells with negative value could not be estimated (for this geography and this time frame).

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 school districts, census tracts, ZIP code areas and block groups.

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