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.

 

 

 

Most & Least Diverse Places in America

The Diversity Index (DI) is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area’s entire population belongs to one race and one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area’s diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.

When all incorporated cities, towns and census designated places (CDPs) in the  United States are ranked by Diversity Index from highest to lowest using July 1, 2015 estimates, which ones have the highest DI and which ones have the lowest DI?

The top-five MOST diverse locations in the US include:

  1. Lost Hills Census Designated Place in California has a DI of 98.8.
  2. Kennedy Census Designated Place in California had a DI of 97.8.
  3. The City of Wapato in Washington has a DI of 97.2.
  4. Chamita Census Designated Place in New Mexico has a DI of 96.9.
  5. Alcalde Census Designated Place in New Mexico has a DI of 94.4.

Here is a list of the Top-Two-Hundred MOST diverse Places in the US.
Here is a list of the Top-Two-Hundred MOST diverse ZIP Codes in the US.
Here is a list of the Top-Two-Hundred MOST diverse Counties in the US.

The top-five LEAST diverse locations in the US include:

  1. Pathfork Census Designated Place in Kentucky has a DI of 0.5.
  2. Payne Gap Census Designated Place in Kentucky has a DI of 0.7.
  3. The Borough of Central City in Pennsylvania has a DI of 0.7.
  4. The City of Eitzen in Minnesota has a DI of 0.8.
  5. The Village of Livingston in Wisconsin has a DI of 0.8.

Here is a list of the Top-Two-Hundred LEAST diverse places in the US.
Here is a list of the Top-Two-Hundred LEAST diverse ZIP Codes in the US.
Here is a list of the Top-Two-Hundred LEAST diverse Counties in the US.

 

 

Measuring Diversity in America: Diversity Index

The Esri Diversity Index expresses the racial and ethnic diversity of a geographic area in a single number that ranges from 0 to 100. The Diversity Index represents the likelihood that two persons, selected at random from a specific geographic area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area’s entire population belongs to one race or ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. If an area’s population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups, then the Diversity Index is 100.

The United States had a Diversity Index of 60.6 based on 2010 census counts. As of July 1, 2015, the Diversity Index was estimated to be 63.0 and it is forecast to be 65.3 by July 1, 2020.

When the Unites States are sorted into ranked order by Diversity Index, the top-five states with the highest Diversity Index (DI) (as of July 1, 2015) are:

  • Hawaii, DI = 83.2
  • California, DI = 82.4
  • New Mexico, DI = 77.1
  • Nevada, DI = 75.3
  • Texas, DI = 74.4

From this same ranked order listing of states by DI, the states with the lowest Diversity Index are:

  • Maine, DI = 13.2
  • Vermont, DI = 13.8
  • West Virginia, DI = 15.7
  • New Hampshire, DI = 19.7
  • Montana, DI = 27.1

Note that the Diversity Index is reported for 99,861 locations including cities, towns, villages, counties, boroughs, ZIP Codes and census designated places (CDPs) in the HomeTownLocator series of 50 state gazetteers.