Census Bureau releases statistics on 2,500 mid-sized communities
More than 2,500 counties and cities with populations between 20,000 and 64,999 now can access statistical profiles from the U.S. Census Bureau for the first time since the 2000 census. Among the findings in the American Community Survey (ACS), released in December, is that California has the highest concentration of mid-sized communities with median home values of $900,000 or more.
December’s ACS is the first to combine three years (2005-2007) of responses to the 3 million ACS surveys sent out annually. The compilation of data provides a sample size large enough for the bureau to create annual estimates for communities with populations as small as 20,000. The next ACS for mid-sized communities will include data from 2006-2008.
“Communities are no longer limited to a once-a-decade look at their population’s characteristics,” Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock said in a statement. “The ACS’s multi-year data will allow small towns and communities to track how they are changing on an ongoing basis.”
The new ACS data is available from the Census Bureau’s press relese.