Category Archives: Census

Take That, Seattle – Part 2

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Last March, we published a map based on Census data showing migration in and out of Hartford County, including the curious finding that more people move every year from the Seattle area to Hartford County than from Hartford County to the Seattle area.

The Census Bureau this week came out with updated numbers, based on surveys conducted from 2007 to 2011, and that data again suggest the Nutmeg State has a strange lure for West Coast hipsters.

The Bureau estimates that 426 Connecticut residents load up the U-Haul and head to King County in Washington every year – while 885 people make the reverse move and leave King to set up house in our humble state.  (Of course, this data was captured before the Super Bowl.)

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310 Million Americans. Three Dozen Fun Facts.

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Housing values are down. Household sizes are up. Marriages are down. Unemployment is up. Manufacturing is down. College degrees are up.

Annual estimates from the Census Bureau in hundreds of categories became publicly releasable early this morning, and my colleague Mara Lee has a story looking at how Connecticut is getting older – but not appreciably faster than the nation as a whole, suggesting concerns about an aging workforce may be unduly alarmist.

Beyond those big-picture tales hiding in the numbers, however, there are scores of interesting data points capturing the gradual shifts and natural waves of a fluid society. Below are three dozen selected Census figures for the United States and Connecticut, showing the 2012 figures just released and figures for the same categories in 2008, along with the percent change for both the national and state figures.

The numbers, drawn from the American Community Survey, an annual sampling of the nation’s 310 million residents, paint a numerical tapestry of the country through questions on labor, housing, income, ancestry, education and even what portion of the labor force walks to work. (2.8 percent nationwide; 3 percent in Connecticut).

To dig into countless gigabytes of other Census Bureau data, log on to American Factfinder, the bureau’s online search tool.

For First Time, Black Voter Turnout Topped Whites in 2012 Election, New Census Data Show

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For what is likely the first time ever, blacks who were eligible to vote went to the polls at slightly higher rates than whites during the 2012 election in which Barack Obama won a second term, newly released Census data show.

Survey results released Wednesday show that nationally, an estimated 66.2 percent of eligible blacks cast ballots last November, compared to 64.1 percent for non-Hispanic whites. Those rates closed what had been a significant gap in voting by race in the years before Obama was on the ballot. In presidential elections from 1996 to 2004, whites went to the polls at rates 5 to 7 percentage points higher than blacks.

Although blacks voted at higher rates than whites nationally, the numbers varied considerably across the country, the Census Bureau reported. Generally, voter turnout by blacks exceeded whites in the East North Central, East South Central, Middle Atlantic and South Atlantic regions of the country. White turnout generally exceeded that of blacks in the Mountain and Pacific regions.

Asians and Hispanics continued to lag far behind whites and blacks in voter turnout, the Census numbers show, with neither group topping 50 percent nationally.

But while the percentage of eligible Asians and Hispanics who voted dipped in 2012, their raw numbers increased due to demographic shifts in the voting-age population. About 1.8 million more voters went to the polls in 2012 compared to 2008, an increase driven entirely by non-white voters. Overall, 2 million fewer whites cast ballots at the same time there were an additional 1.7 million black voters, 1.4 million Hispanic voters and 550,000 Asian voters.

Non-Hispanic whites still accounted for the great majority of ballots cast last November, but their share is dropping. In 2012, whites made up 73.7  percent of all voters. Twelve years earlier, that figure was 82.5 percent.

The Census numbers also show a continuation of familiar patterns, with higher voting rates among women, those with more education, and those with higher incomes. Voter turnout also generally increases with age.

In Connecticut, total turnout by those eligible to vote slightly exceeded the national average – 62.7 percent for the state compared to 61.8 percent for the country. But blacks in Connecticut did not head to the polls at greater rates than whites. In Connecticut, non-Hispanic white voter turnout, at 65.8 percent, exceeded the national average while black turnout, at 62.2 percent, lagged the nationwide figure.

Census numbers for the state also show that men voted at rates similar to the national average, while women topped the national average by more than a percentage point. Overall in Connecticut. 59.9 percent of eligible men voted, compared to 65.3 percent of women.

Take that, Seattle! New Census Figure Show Curious Migration In and Out of Hartford County

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Every year, an estimated 89 residents of Hartford County pull up stakes and head for uber-hip King County in Washington, home of Seattle and Starbucks and Nirvana. But the Census Bureau says even more people – 110 – move in the opposite direction, leaving the Seattle area in favor of Hartford County, home of, you know, the New Britain busway and at least one Cheesecake Factory.

That’s one of the intriguing tidbits found in a new release of Census data showing migration in and out of the nation’s 3,000 counties.  Hartford County attracts about 17,500 people a year from other states, while giving up about 20,500. And as the map below shows, there are stories in the patterns of migration. Red areas indicate counties to which Hartford loses residents – more people move out of the Hartford area to live in those counties than relocate to Hartford from there. Blue areas show counties with a net migration in favor of Hartford County. Counties shaded dark red and dark blue indicate a net inbound or outbound migration of more than 100 residents a year.

Not surprisingly, Hartford County loses residents to more than 20 counties in Florida. Collier County, home of Naples, Fla., attracts an average of 130 Hartford County residents each year, while only eight people are lured from Collier County to Hartford.

But for eight other Florida counties, Hartford enjoys a net increase in population. For example, an average of ten people move every year from Hartford County to Osceola County, which includes the southern tip of the Disney World complex. But an estimated 83 people move the other way.

Excluding moves within Connecticut, the most lopsided migrations involve Kings County, N.Y. – which is Brooklyn – where each year Hartford County loses 48 residents, but gains 603; and Wake County, N.C. – home of Raleigh – which attracts 355 Hartford County residents every year, while giving up only 50 who move north.

Click the image below for a larger, interactive map of migration in and out of Hartford County. And click here to access the “Census Flows Mapper” to view data for any U.S. county, including the ability to parse the numbers by age, sex, race and ethnicity.