Opinion: Lots of information on county from American Community Survey

Madera County, as is the case with other counties in California and throughout the United States, for that matter, is getting ready to take its decennial census next year. But it doesn’t look at this point as though the so-called citizenship question will be on it.

However, that may not matter, since a question like it is added to the annual American Community Survey, which is sent to 3.5 million households every year.

Here are some of the results of findings from the 2018 estimates, courtesy the U.S. Census Bureau. You probably won’t find them too surprising, but then, again, you may. And remember, these are county-wide (see following chart).

POPULATION

Population estimate as of July 1, 2018 ............................…… 157,672

Population, census, April 1, 2010...............................………… 150,865

Persons under 5 years old, percent ..............................……… 7.6%

Persons under 18 years, percent ................................………… 27.5%

Persons 65 and older, percent ......................................……… 14 %

Female persons, percent .................................................…… 51.8%

White alone, percent ............................................................… 86%

Black or African American alone, percent ................…………… 4.3%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent .......……… 4.4%

Asian alone, percent .............................................................…… 2.5%

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander alone ......................… .03%

TWO OR MORE RACES

Hispanic or Latino percent ...............................................……… 58.3%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino percent .................………… 33.7%

Veterans, 2013-2017 ..............................................................… 7,091

Foreign born persons, percent, 2013-2017 ......................……… 21.5%

HOUSING

Housing units, July 1, 2018 ........................................................ 50,966

Owner-Occupied housing unit rate, 2013-2017 ................……… 62.3%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017 … $220,400

Median selected monthly owner costs — with mortgage, 2013-2017 …………………………………… $1,449

Median selected monthly owner costs — without mortgage, 2013-2017 ………………………………… $452

Median gross rent, 2013-2017 …………………………………… $980

Building permits, 2018 ……………………………………………… 503

Households, 2013-2017 …………………………………………… 44,458

Persons per household, 2013-2017 ……………………………… 3.29

Living in the same house one year ago, percent of persons aged one year or more, 2013-2017 …………………………………………… 89%

Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons aged 5 years or more, 2013-2017 ………………………………………… 45.5%

Households with a computer, percent, 2013-2017 ……………… 84.2%

Households with a broadband Internet subscription 2013-2017 … 72.2%

EDUCATION

High school graduate or higher, percent of persons aged 25 or more years, 2013-2017 …………………………………………………… 71.6%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons aged 25 years or older, 2013-2017 …………………………………………………………… 13.8%

HEALTH

With a disability, aged under 65 years, 2013-2017 ……………… 8.5%

Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent … 10.4 %

In civilian labor force, total ………………………………………… 52.4

ECONOMY

Total accommodation and food service sales (2012), in thousands

………………………………………………………………… $150,065,000

Total health care plus total social assistance receipts, revenue (2012), in thousands ………………………………………………… $760,956

Total manufacturing shipments in (2012), in thousands

……………………………………………………………… $1,441,125,000

Total merchant wholesaler sales (2012), in thousands …… 508,930,000

Total retail sales (2012), in thousands ………………… $1,012,856,000

Total retail sales per capita (2012), in thousands ……………… $6,654

Mean travel time in minutes to work, workers aged 16 years or older (2013-2017 …………………………………………………………… 25.6

Median household income (2017 dollars), 2013-2017 ………… $48,210

Per capita income in the past 12 months (2017 dollars), 2013-2017

……………………………………………………………………… $19,975

Persons in poverty ……………………………………………… 21.2%

Total employer establishments (2016) ………………………… 1,950

Total employment (2016) ………………………………………… 26,668

Total annual payroll (2016), in thousands ……………… 1,102,043,000

Total employment percentage change (2015-2016) …………… 0.3%

Total non-employer establishments in 2017 …………………… 7,445

Total of all man-owned firms in 2012 …………………………… 3,888

Total of all woman-owned firms in 2012 ………………………… 3,202

Total of all firms in 2012 …………………………………………… 8,094

Minority-owned firms in 2012 ……………………………………… 3,203

Non-minority-owned firms in 2012 ………………………………… 4,524

Veteran-owned firms in 2012 ……………………………………… 618

Non-veteran-owned firms in 2012 ………………………………… 7,044

Population per square mile in 2010 ……………………………… 70.6

Land area in square miles in 2010 ……………………………… 2,137.07