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.




Hyperlocal Data, Demographics & Directory

An Address Based Research Tool
Input an address and get data & demographs for the local area. The data is for the appropriate Census Block Group which is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting certain types of data. You’ll also get a customized searchable map and a customized directory that are based on the geographic coordinates for the address.

An input form for the Hyperlocal Data, Demographics & Directory Tool is contained on the home page of each HomeTownLocator state gazetteer.

Data & Demographics
The data includes population, housing and income information including:

  • The percentages of owner occupied, renter occupied and vacant homes,
  • The average and median home values,
  • The average and median household incomes,
  • The number of people living in group quarters such as dormatories, group homes, correctional facilities, etc.

Customized Searchable Map
The searchable maps are centered on the geographic coordinates for the address. You can search by either a business name or a business category.

Customized Directory
The customized directory also uses a search radius that is centered on the geographic coordinates for the address.

Higher-Level Geographic, Political and Administrative Units
The higher-level geographic, political and administrative units that are applicable to both the specific address of interest as well as the Block Groups are identified and hyperlinked. This will include the Census Tract, county, county subdivision and ZIP Code for all addresses. As appropriate, it will also include the incorporated city, town, village or census designated place (CDP) that encompasses the address.

School Attendance Zones (SAZ)
Where applicable, we identify the elementary, middle and high school that has a school boundary that includes the address of interest. Currently, we have SAZs that cover over 88% of the U.S. student population.

Sophisticated Data Compilation Based on Reliable Resources
The data, demographic estimates and forecasts in the HTL website are based upon July 1, 2015 updated data produced by Esri Demographics, which use the latest US Census Bureau annual American Community Survey (ACS) as a starting point. They then combine additional data from multiple sources including residential postal delivery counts from the USPS, a time series of county-to-county migration patterns from the IRS, building permits, housing starts and local data sources that tested well against Census 2010.

New School Boundary Maps for 2015/2016

HomeTownLocator has just updated the school boundary maps in all 50 of their state gazetteers for the new 2015/2016 school year.

The new school boundary map for a particular school (also called a school attendance zone or SAZ map) can be located in seven different ways. In the schools section of each state gazetteer (such as http://florida.hometownlocator.com/schools/) you can locate schools by name, city, county, school district or ZIP Code.

You can also search for schools by simply inputting a residential street address in a search form and selecting the type of school (Primary, Middle or High) that interests you. Here’s an example:

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You can also use a simple “Point & Click” method on a map. You’ll find a state map on the homepage of the schools section of the gazetteer. Using standard Google maps tools to zoom-in, zoom-out and pan the map-window in any direction, you can locate a place of interest. When you then “Point & Click” on the map, the web application will drop a pin in that location and immediately locate the appropriate Primary, Middle or High School for it. If the appropriate school can not be identified, then the school district is mapped and contact information for the school district is provided.

In addition to the school attendance zone map, the individual school profile page also provides contact information for the school, a link to information about the school district as well as a list of all of the schools in that district, and basic information about the number of students, teachers, number of students by grade, etc. Here is an example:

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What are the data sources for the school attendance zone maps and other data about individual schools and school districts?

School attendance zones are individually compiled by Maponics utilizing (1) GIS data, textual descriptions, address lists, and printed maps obtained directly from individual school districts; (2) the National Center for Education Statistics, (3) the US Census Bureau, and (4) state departments of education. Maponics has been the leading provider of commercial school data attendance zone GIS information since 2010. HTL, Inc. licenses this data for use on our 50 state gazetteers. 


Interactive Gazetteer Maps

The six most popular interactive gazetteer maps are:

  1. Place Maps – incorporated cities, towns and census designated places (CDPs)
  2. Maps of Physical & Cultural Features
  3. Congressional District (CD) Maps
  4. School Attendance Zone Maps
  5. ZIP Code Maps
  6. County Maps

As an example, here is a map for the Florida 8th Congressional District:


On the Congressional District (CD) Maps you can interact with the map in several ways:

  • You can “Point & Click” anywhere on the map and the appropriate Congressional District will be outlined along with contact information for the Representative.
  • You can use the “Select CD Drop Down” list of Congressional Districts in the upper-right of the map.
  • You can input a street address or even just a city or town name in the “Search [StateCode] Box” in the upper-left.
  • You also have standard Google map controls on the left side of the map for zooming in or out and panning the map in any direction.

The Maps of Physical and Cultural Features (Example) have a “Search the map for:” search box underneath the map. You can search for nearly anything and the search function will be centered on the feature location.  These maps also have a link to a larger map as well as driving directions from nearly anywhere.

The School Attendance Zones Maps (Examplecan be located by searching for a school by name, city, county, ZIP Code,  School District or a street address. The search box for address searches is in the upper left of every map in the school section of the gazetteer. You can specify the school type (Primary, Middle, High or Other/Mixed) using a check box in the search form. You also have the option to “Point & Click” on any school map and the appropriate school attendance zone map will be displayed along with a link to the school profile page.

There are two types of ZIP Code Maps. One type highlights all of the ZIP Codes for a city. The example below is Vero Beach, FL ZIP Codes.


The second type is for a single ZIP Code (32960).


The ZIP Code Maps include an address search box in the upper-left, a drop-down list of all of the cities and towns in the state in the upper-right and the same type of “Search the map for:” function mentioned in the section about Physical & Cultural Feature Maps.

The County Maps (Example) function in a nearly identical manner as the Congressional District Maps. You can “Point & Click” on the map and the county will be identified; input an address in the search box in the upper-left; select from the drop-down list of counties in the upper-right; or use standard Google map controls on the left side of the maps to pan in any direction as well as zoom in or out.

The state gazetteers also have two other map types:

  1. A Geocoding Map that allows you to input an address and get the coordinates for that location, and
  2. A Reverse Geocoding Map where you place a marker on a map and get both the coordinates and the nearest address for that location.


Hello world!

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.