The U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday estimates from its American Community Survey, which provides local statistics from 2007 to 2011 on everything from housing, employment, marital status and other demographic details in communities throughout the country.
New Lenox, with an estimated 2011 population of 24,538, ranked above Illinois averages on several economic statistics, including home ownership, median home value, median household income and per capita money income (total income for all people over age 15 divided by total population).
The village also ranked higher in high school graduates and people who earned bachelor degrees. New Lenox ranked below the state's percentage of people under the poverty line, with 2.6 percent compared to the state's 13.1 percent.
The five-year estimates are based on interviews with almost two million housing units nationwide from 2007 through 2011. By pooling several years of survey responses, the American Community Survey generates detailed statistical portraits for small areas. The groupings of five-year estimates are released annually.
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“By telling the story of our towns and neighborhoods, the American Community Survey helps planners locate schools and firehouses,” said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director. “Thanks to the cooperation of the public, the Census Bureau produces reliable, quality statistical information for even small communities in the U.S. That’s why it’s so important for households that are selected to participate in the ACS to respond.”
American Community Survey Data can be found on the Census Bureau's QuickFacts site, and browsers can also use “Easy Stats,” a tool that allows users to build their own tables by selecting a desired topic and geography. Early next year, the Census Bureau will release “Dwellr,” a mobile app designed to put Census Bureau statistics directly in the hands of new users in an engaging way.
Here's what the American Community Survey reported on New Lenox:
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+ (2007-2011)
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ (2007-2011)
Homeownership rate, 2007-2011
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2007-2011
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011
Persons per household
Per capita money income in the past 12 months (2011 dollars), 2007-2011
Median household income, 2007-2011
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2007-2011
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