2016 Demographic Data &
Top-Tools for Easy Insights

The July 1, 2016, Demographic updates along with forecasts for 2021 have just been released and are available on this site. (NOTE: The methodology used in developing the point data for 7/1/2016 as well as the forecast for 2021 is detailed in a White Paper published by Esri.)

A better geographic and demographic understanding of a changing world can be helpful for everyone. This site has several tools that can quickly help you gain perspective and answer different types of questions. For example:

Compare Different Places Questions: How does my state, city, county, ZIP Code, or neighborhood compare to others by population, population density, racial & ethnic diversity, or average household income?

To investigate questions like these, simply use either

1. The Demographic Data Comparison Tool for State Comparisons, or

2. The Selected City, Town, County or ZIP Code Data tool for national rankings, or

3. State Specific Tools for within state comparisons. The Florida Census Data Comparison Tool is one example.

Housing in Any Location Questions: How many housing units are there in my city, town, ZIP Code or Census Block Group? How many of them are Owner Occupied, Renter Occupied or Vacant? Also, what are the average home values and median home values in these same geographic subunits?

To find answers to housing quesions for any location, simply review the Data & Demographics section of any of the 29,296 HomeTownLocator Community Profiles. There is a specific profile for every incorporated city, town, village or Census Designated Place (CDP) within the US. Hers’s an example: Vero Beach, Florida Community Profile. Note that the Data, Demographics and Peer Comparison Rankings are in the lower portion of the page beneath the boundary map.

Political Subdivisions in Any Location Questions: If we purchased a new home at [Street Address, City, State], what political subdivisions would we be living in such as city, town, village, township, county and Congressional District; and what public schools serve that area?

To answer political subdivision questions, simply use the Address Based Hyperlocal Tool. These Neighborhood Data input forms are found on the home page of each state gazetteer, on the first page of all 29,296 Community Profiles and on the home page for www.HomeTownLocator.com. When you input a specific address on one of these forms, you get reports and linked resources such as this example in Sherman, IL.

A skilled Internet researcher would probably be able to answer these types of questions with ten to twenty minutes of research effort. However, with the tools available on the HomeTownLocator state gazetteers, anyone can answer these questions with a minimum of time and effort.




California’s Richest and Poorest Places


On July 1, 2015, we updated the demographic data in the California HomeTownLocator Gazetteer with new estimates for 1,523 California places including 480 incorporated places (459 cities and 21 towns) and 1,043 census designated places (CDPs). See Gazetteer Resources & Data Sources for methodology.

There is population, housing and income data for the current year and forecasted growth rates for the next five years. Using a simple online data comparison tool, we’ve identified California’s richest and poorest places using the July 1, 2015 estimates of Average Household Income.

The City of Hidden Hills in Los Angeles County has the highest Average Household Income in California with an average estimated to be $310,676. The City of Hidden Hills has a total population of 1,888 and 603 households. Average household size is 3.13 people. The vast majority of housing is Owner Occupied (87.8%) with just 4.4% of the housing units identified as vacant. Average Home Value in the City of Hidden Hills is $1,150,180.

Winterhaven Census Designated Place (CDP) in Imperial County has the lowest Average Household Income in California with the average estimated to be $22,582. The Winterhaven CDP has a population of 404 with 155 households. Average household size is 2.61. Owners occupy 47.4% of the housing units; renters occupy 33.3% while 19.3% of the housing units are vacant. Average Home Value in Winterhaven CDP is $188,687.

See links below for more data about California places and ZIP Codes:

  1. Top-Twenty Richest California Places
  2. Twenty of the Poorest California Places
  3. Top-Twenty Richest California ZIP Codes
  4. Twenty of the Poorest California ZIP Codes

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We plan to begin blogging by publishing a series of posts on the richest and poorest places in the largest ten or twelve states. Based on July 1, 2015 updated demographic data that includes estimates of Average Household Income, we’ll identify the top-twenty richest places as well as the twenty poorest places in most populated states . Once you’ve observed how our online data comparison tool works, you’ll be able to do the same analysis for any state.