Monday, December 23, 2013
U.S. Census releases new app that allows public to track data
See what we it divulged about Collin County.
Collin County residents can chart the growth of their county over the past two decades with a new tool released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Census Explorer allows users to comb through data on the age, education and income of residents across the nation. The application features data on a state, county and census tract – a subset of a county – level from the 1990 and 2000 census and the most recent numbers from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.
The most dramatic change in Collin County over the more than 20 years covered by the Census Explorer is in the size of its population. The county had 264,036 residents in 1990, a number that nearly tripled to its most recent estimate of 788,580 residents. The state of Texas has grown from 16,986,510 residents to 25,208,897 million during that same time period.
Other dramatic changes in the county include the influx of foreign-born residents. In 1990, the county’s population was 5.9 percent foreign born, a rate that has risen to 17.6 percent in the most recent estimates.
Income levels in the prosperous county – which has a median income well above the rest of the sate – were similar two decades ago, when the median income was $82,280 in today’s dollars compared to the current rate of $83,238. The largest level of prosperity came in between. In 2000, Collin County had a median income of $97,612.
The numbers also highlight the prosperity enjoyed by Dallas suburbs in recent history. Collin County’s numbers from each of the three time sets are much higher than the median statewide income, which today sits at $51,563. Collin is the wealthiest of a ring of prosperous counties around Dallas, which includes Rockwall ($82,725), Denton ($72,939), Ellis ($62,832) and Kaufman ($61,564) counties.
All of the counties surrounding Dallas beat the state median income during the 2012 survey, while Dallas lags behind at $49,159. That was the case during the 2000 census as well, though Dallas had a higher median income than three neighboring counties in 1990.
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