Monday, September 21, 2015

2014 Single Year Estimates Released for Oneida County

The 2014 single year American Communities Survey data has been released, meaning that new information is available for Oneida County. Remember, single year estimates are for geographies with populations of 65,000 or more. For our region that only covers Oneida County. I will post the links to the data profiles for Oneida County shortly, but until I do, here is a sort of comparative summary of things that are noteworthy and statistically significant when comparing the 2014 data to the data collected in 2010.

Significant Changes in Oneida County Social Characteristics

  • ·         Family composition is changing.
    • ·         Fewer married couple families (from 49.5% in 2010 to 44.0% in 2014)
    • ·         Increase in single male (4.1% in 2010 to 5.7% in 2014) and single female (10.2% in 2010 to 13.3% in 2014)) headed families
  • ·         While the number of males age 15 and older has remained constant, there has been a significant decline in the number of females age 15 and older (roughly 97,700 in 2010 to 96,600 in 2014)
  • ·         The percent of the population age 25 or older with a high school education or higher has increased significantly, from about 86% in 2010 to 89% in 2014.
  • ·         More than half (57%) of the foreign born population has been naturalized according to 2014 data; this is significantly more than were naturalized as of 2010 (44%).
  • ·         More households report having a computer in 2014 (84%) than in 2013, the most recent comparative  year that this data was collected (79%)

Significant Changes in Oneida County Economic Characteristics

  • ·         Fewer workers age 16 and older are driving alone to work (84% in 2010 versus 81% in 2014); there has been a significant increase at the same time in the number of people working from home (2.3% in 2010 versus 4.4% in 2014)
  • ·         While the per capita income and median household income have not changed significantly, median family income has seen a significant decline – dropping from $66,111 in 2010 to $61,147 in 2014.
  • ·         Statistically the poverty rate for residents appears unchanged.

Significant Changes in Oneida County Housing Characteristics

  • ·         There are fewer owner occupied housing units in 2014 than in 2010 – 69% of housing was owner occupied in 2010 versus 65% in 2014. At the same time there has been an increase in renter occupied units.
  • ·         Median owner occupied housing unit value has increased significantly, from about $106,000 estimated value in 2010 to $116,000 in 2014.
  • ·         Median rent has remained the same statistically from 2010 to 2014.

Significant Changes in Oneida County Demographic Characteristics

  • ·         The number of people age 65 and over continues to increase significantly; in 2010 roughly 38,200 people were age 65 or older. In 2014, almost 40,700 residents were this old.
  • ·         In 2014, more people identified themselves as being of a single race (96.9% said they were one race in 2010; 98.1% now identify as being of a single race). In particular, those identifying as African American and those identifying as Asian both saw increases in the percent of the population that said they were of one of these races only.
  • ·         The overall minority population (this includes anyone who is not “white and non-Hispanic”) in Oneida County has grown significantly, going from 15.4% in 2010 to 17% in 2014.