Ever wonder who's really living next door? Here's a snapshot of who lived in Tarrant County last year, according to the Census figures out today:
Households: 629,000, 2.8 people on average per household. 2008 comparison: 622,000 households, 2.8 people.
Families: 70 percent of households, including married couple fams (51 percent). Most nonfamily households were people living alone, but some including roommate situations. 2008 comparison: 68 percent families, married couple fams, 51 percent.
Nativity: 16 percent foreign-born. 84 percent native U.S., including 55 percent born in Texas. 2008 comparison: 15 percent foreign-born, 85 percent native, including 55 percent from Lone Star State.
Language: Among people at least 5 years old, 28 percent spoke a language other than English at home. 78 percent of those spoke Spanish. 48 percent said they didn't speak English "very well." 2008 comparison: 27 percent spoke language other than English at home, including 77 percent Spanish, and 46 percent who didn't speak English well.
Mobility: 82 percent were living in the same residence as a year before, 13 percent had moved from elsewhere in Tarrant County, 3 percent moved from within Texas, 2 percent moved from another state, and 1 percent came here from abroad. 2008 comparison: 81 percent same residence. 12 percent moved from within Tarrant County, 3 percent from within Texas, 3 percent another state, and 1 percent abroad.
Education: 83 percent of people 25 years and older graduated from at least high school, and 28 percent had at least a bachelor's degree. 17 percent were "dropouts"; the either weren't enrolled in school, or hadn't graduated high school. Total school enrollment was 502,000. Nursery and kindergarten enrollment was 68,000, and elementary or high school enrollment was 322,000. College or graduate enrollment was 112,000. 2008 comparison: 82 percent at least high school, 28 percent at least a bachelor's degree, 18 percent dropout. 2008 total school enrollment was 487,000, nursery and kindergarten 61,000, elementary and high school 316,000, college and graduate 110,000.
Disability: Among people at least 5 years old, 10 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age: 4 percent of people 5-15 years old, 9 percent of people 16-64, and 39 percent of people 65 and older. 2008 comparison: 10 percent with disability, ages 5-15, 4 percent; 16-64, 10 percent; 65 and older, 38 percent.
Industries: For people 16 years and older, leading industries were education and health services, including social assistance, 18 percent; and retail trade, 12 percent. 2008 comparison: Education and health services, 17 percent; manufacturing, 12 percent.
Occupations: Most common were management, professional and related, 34 percent; sales and office, 28 percent; service, 16 percent; production, transportation, and material moving, 13 percent; and construction, extraction, maintenance, and repair, 9 percent. 83 percent of employed people were private wage and salary workers, 11 percent worked for government, and 6 percent were self-employed. 2008 comparison: management, etc., 34 percent; sales and office, 28 percent; service, 14 percent; production, 13 percent; construction, 10 percent. 82 percent private wage and salary, 11 percent government, 6 percent self-employed.
Commute: 82 percent of Tarrant County workers drove to work alone, 11 percent carpooled, 1 percent took public transit, and 3 percent used other means. The remaining 3 percent worked at home. Average commute: 25.2 minutes. 2008 comparison: 81 percent drove alone, 11 percent carpooled, 1 percent took public transit, 3 percent other means. Four percent worked at home. Average commute: 26.3 minutes.
Income: Median household income was $53,726. 87 percent of households received earnings, and 13 percent had retirement income other than Social Security. 19 percent received Social Security, with an average $15,780. 2008 comparison: $56,251. 87 percent of households received earnings, 13 percent retirement income other than Social security. 19 percent received Social Security. Average SS income was $15,003.
Poverty: 15 percent of people were in poverty. 22 percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 8 percent of people 65 years old and over. Eleven percent of all families and 27 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level. 2008 comparison: 12 percent in poverty, 17 percent of kids below 18 were in poverty, 9 percent of people age 65 and older were in poverty. Nine percent of families and 26 percent of families with a female householder and no husband were in poverty.
Population: 1.8 million - 896,000 (50 percent) females and 894,000 (50 percent) males. Median age was 32.8 years. 28 percent was under 18 years and 9 percent was 65 years and older. 2008 comparison: 1.8 million population, including 876,000 females and 874,000 male. Median age 33.2 years. 28 percent of population under 18 years, 9 percent 65 or older.
Race: for people reporting one race alone, 69 percent was white; 14 percent was Black or African American; 1 percent was American Indian and Alaska Native; 4 percent was Asian; less than 0.5 percent was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 10 percent was "some other race". Two percent reported two or more races. Twenty-seven percent of people in Tarrant County was Hispanic. Fifty-three percent of the people in Tarrant County was White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race. "People of Hispanic origin may be of any race," the Census noted. 2008 comparison: 70 percent white, 14 percent black, less than 0.5 percent American Indian/Alaska native, less than 0.5 percent Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 9 percent some other race. Twenty six percent Hispanic. 54 percent white non-Hispanic.
Housing: 692,000 housing units, 9 percent vacant. Of the total housing units, 70 percent was in single-unit structures, 28 percent was multi-unit, and 2 percent was mobile homes. Thirty-six percent of the housing units were built since 1990. 2008 comparison: 685,000 housing units, 9 percent vacant. 71 percent single unit, 27 percent multi unit, 2 percent mobile homes. 36 percent of unit built since 1990.
Occupied housing: 629,000 occupied housing units - 393,000 owner-occupied and 236,000 renter-occupied. Two percent of the households did not have telephone service and 5 percent of the households did not have access to a car, truck, or van for private use. Forty-two percent of households had two vehicles and another 19 percent had three or more. 2008 comparison: 622,000 occupied units, including 396,000 owner-occupied and 225,000 renter-occupied. One percent had no phone, and 4 percent had no access to a vehicle. 42 percent of households had two vehicles, and 19 percent had three or more.
Housing costs: Median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,465, nonmortgaged owners $513, and renters $829. "Twenty-nine percent of owners with mortgages, 14 percent of owners without mortgages, and 49 percent of renters in Tarrant County spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing." 2008 comparison: $1,485 median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners, $535 for non-mortgagees, $810 for renters. 30 percent of owners with mortgages, 14 percent without mortgages, and 46 percent of renters spent 30 percent or more of income on housing.
- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workpalce reporter, Star-Telegram