Annual Metro, City, and County Data Book
Author: Deirdre A. Gaquin
Publisher: Bernan Press
Category: Social Science
When you want only one source of information about your city or county, turn to County and City Extra This trusted reference compiles information from many sources to provide all the key demographic and economic data for every state, county, metropolitan area, congressional district, and for all cities in the United States with a 2000 population of 25,000 or more. In one volume you can conveniently find data from 1980 to 2008 in easy-to-read tables. No other resource compiles this amount of detailed information into one place. Subjects covered in County and City Extra include: _ population by age and race _ government finances _ income and poverty _ manufacturing, trade, and services _ crime _ housing _ education _ immigration and migration _ labor force and employment _ agriculture, land, and water _ residential construction _ health resources _ voting and elections The 2010 edition also includes: _ full-color U.S. maps showing county-level data _ ranking tables for each geography type on a wide range of subjects _ easy-to-read data tables _ glossaries of geographic concepts and codes _ state maps showing congressional districts and metropolitan areas New to the 2010 edition: _ Table B (Counties) and Table C (Metropolitan Areas) now include a measure of 'creative class' employment-a term coined by Richard Florida and used by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify geographic areas whose economies are fueled by occupations that involve high levels of creativity, such as business ownership and top management, science, engineering, architecture, design, arts, and entertainment. _Table E (Congressional Districts) includes data that were gathered for the 110th Congress, along with the 111th Congressional representative. _ Recently released data from the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Information System which includes water withdrawals for each state are included in Table A. In addition to water withdrawals, Table B (Counties) and Table C (Metropolitan Areas) include a measure of gallons withdrawn per person. Some interesting facts found in the 18th edition of County and City Extra: _The total population of the United States increased by 8.0 percent between 2000 and 2008, with 18 states matching or exceeding this rate of growth and the remainder growing more slowly. _The U.S. median age increased from 32.9 years in 1990 to 36.8 years in 2008. This was primarily caused by the aging Baby Boomer population, which was evident in the growth of the proportion of the population between 45 and 54 years. _Nationally, the median value of owner-occupied housing units was $197,600. _Nine states had median home values exceeding $300,000 in 2008, led by Hawaii with a median home value of $560,200. Hawaii also had the highest median gross rent, at $1,298. _The poverty threshold for an individual was $10,991 in 2008. Mississippi had the highest poverty rate in the nation, with over 21 percent of its population living in poverty. Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana ranked among the top five, all with 17.3 percent. _Among the 75 largest counties, two of the four highest unemployment rates were in counties that topped the rankings for manufacturing employment (Macomb and Wayne counties in MI), and the other two ranked among the top counties for agricultural sales (Fresno and Kern counties in CA). _For the 3,141 counties (and county equivalents) in the United States, population in 2008 ranged from nearly 9.9 million in Los Angeles, CA, to 42 in Loving County, TX. _In 2008, 83.6 percent of Americans lived in metropolitan areas, but these metropolitan areas made up a mere 25 percent of the nation's land area. _Among the largest cities, 7 had growth rates exceeding 20 percent from 2000 to 2008. Two of these cities were in Texas (Fort Worth and Plano), and two were in North Carolina (Raleigh and Charlotte.) _The highest unemployment rates were found in Michigan 13th and 14th districts. Three California districts and two Illinois districts also ranked among the 10 highest. Fifty congressional districts had more than 20 percent of their populations living in poverty.