Census Data

Austin
12:01 am
Thu March 27, 2014

No Surprise: Austin Ranks Among Fastest Growing Metros - Again

Realtor Yoni Levin tries to rustle up some business on Sixth Street during South by Southwest 2014. In new census data, Austin ranks among the fastest growing metro areas in the U.S.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Once again, Austin ranks among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation.

According to the most recent data from the Census Bureau, Austin ranked eighth nationally on a list of rapidly expanding metro areas, growing 2.6 percent from July 2012 to July 2013.

This should come as no surprise, since Austin has been near the top of the list since 2010. But what may be surprising is that the city’s growth could finally be leveling off.

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Transportation
3:31 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Report: More Austinites Working from Home, Commuting by Bike or Bus

This map from TexPIRG plots urban areas with the largest changes in commuting by car. Austin has the nation’s third largest decline in individual car commuters.
Credit TexPIRG

Austinites are driving less and using public transportation more.

That’s a finding in a new report [PDF] by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG), a nonprofit research organization.

According to census data, the proportion of Austin workers that commute by private vehicle fell by 4.5 percent from 2000 to 2011. That’s the third largest decline in the country for an urban area.

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Super Zips
9:56 am
Mon December 2, 2013

These Are the Austin Area's 8 Richest, Most Educated Zip Codes

The Austin region’s eight “Super Zips” lie on the area’s western side.
Washington Post

Do you live in one of the Austin-area’s "Super Zips?"

Sifting through 2010 Census data, the Washington Post recently took a closer look at the country’s pockets of prosperity and education. Drawing on the concept of Super Zips – Zip codes in the 95th percentile for median incomes and college degrees – the Post created an interactive map showing the increased economic segmentation of the country.  

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Austin Home Prices
3:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

What Recession? Census Says Downturn Didn't Hurt Austin Housing Market

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Austin’s housing market is hot. So hot, in fact, that it wasn’t seriously dampened in the recession to post-recession period.

New census data shows home values in Austin and in Travis County increased between 2007 to 2009 and 2010 to 2012. Most other large areas in the country saw home values decrease between those two periods.

Out of the country's  50 most populous cities, only nine cities saw an increase in the median home values during those periods. And Austin lead the pack:

  • Austin, TX: + $13,800
  • Denver, CO: + $9,600
  • Oklahoma City, OK: + $8,100
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Austin
7:40 am
Tue August 13, 2013

28 Percent of Austinites Don’t Speak English at Home

The U.S. Census has developed an interactive map plotting foreign-language speakers by region.
U.S. Census Bureau

According to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, non-English speakers are more populous in Texas than every other state except California.

The Austin metropolitan area reflects the state trend: about 28 percent of residents speak a foreign language at home, more than the national average of 20.8 percent.

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Austin
10:30 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Over 19,500 of Austin's Poor are College Students

Students' empty pockets (and bellies) are having a measurable effect on their communities’ poverty rates.
flickr.com/careytilden

News flash: Lots of college students are poor.

While this probably seems like a no-brainer, a new study from the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrates how great of an impact students can have on local communities' poverty levels.

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Texas
6:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Texas Adds Three Majority-Minority Counties

Bell County, Texas, now has more black and Hispanic residents than Anglos.
courtesy flickr.com/auvet

Ethnic and racial minorities are now the majority in three more Texas counties.

According to recently released U.S. Census data, black and Hispanic Americans now make up the majority of the population in Bell, Hockley and Terrell counties. The Census Bureau has not determined whether this change is due to an increase in births among minorities or whether other populations are leaving the counties.

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Austin
8:33 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Asian Population Growing in Austin, Across the U.S.

"Asians and Hispanics have long been among our nation's fastest-growing race or ethnic groups," Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau's acting director said.
Stan Honda /AFP/Getty Images

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the Asian population is booming across the country – and in the Austin area.

In Travis County, the number of people identifying themselves as Asian increased by close to 10 percent between 2010 and 2012.

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Austin
1:22 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Austin Now the 11th Largest City in the U.S., Up from 13th Largest

Austin is now the 11th largest city in the U.S.
Marissa Barnett, KUT News

Update: So who is moving to Austin? Young, recent college graduates and retiring baby boomers make up the majority of new Austinites, according to City of Austin demographer Ryan Robinson.

“That attractiveness, that gravitational pull that we exert for the young and the talented, and the well-educated, that really is our sweet spot,” Robinson says.

But the young are not the only ones charmed by Austin. Retiring baby boomers are also flocking to the area.

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Immigration
3:01 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Immigrants To Be Largest Driver Of U.S. Population Growth

Immigrants take the U.S. oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Irving, Texas.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:56 am

New immigrants will be the main driver of population growth in the U.S. by as early as 2027, according to new Census Bureau projections.

This would be the first time in almost two centuries that new births will not be the largest source of U.S. population growth.

The Census Bureau says its projections show a combination of declining fertility rates, aging baby boomers and ongoing immigration to the United States.

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Texas
3:44 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Interactive Map: Travis is Texas' Second Fastest Growing County

Booming production of oil and gas is just one of the reasons for the rapid population growth in Texas.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports Andrews County, near oil-rich Midland, is the state’s fastest growing county. But in second place, Travis County has attracted more than 71,000 people within two years.

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Texas
12:38 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mapping Demographics in Central Texas' Congressional Districts

The U.S. Census Bureau is now releasing demographic breakdowns on individual congressional districts.
Google Maps

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows three of the seven congressional districts in Central Texas are less diverse and have higher white population percentages than the entire state, among other characteristics.

The Census Bureau is now releasing demographic breakdowns by individual congressional districts, a first for the department

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Politics
1:11 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Election Study: Black Turnout May Have Surpassed That of Whites

People wait in line to vote at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus on Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 6:36 pm

African-Americans voted this year at a higher rate than other minorities and may have topped the rate for whites for the first time, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

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Race & Ethnicity
5:49 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race

A crowd crosses the street in midtown Manhattan.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 10:42 am

Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout.

The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and more accurately classify Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and multiracial populations.

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Census Data
11:25 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Census: We're Getting Older and More Diverse, Though More Slowly

The crowded scene on "Black Friday" at Macy's in Manhattan. The U.S. population is projected to hit 400 million in 2051, Census says, up from 321 million in 2015.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 2:02 pm

The trends continue:

"The U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections released today by the U.S. Census Bureau."

Based on data from the 2010 census, the bureau projects that:

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