Joliet Higher than State for Home Ownership, Income: Census
The five-year American Community Survey also offers details on eduction, age and ethnicity of city residents.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released estimates from its American Community Survey, which provides local statistics for the combined years from 2007 to 2011 on everything from housing to employment to marital status in communities throughout the country.
The numbers are interesting. For example, the estimated median household income in Joliet is $60,528, which is higher than the Illinois average of $56,576. Joliet has a homeownership rate of 74 percent — topping the state average of 68.7 percent.
The five-year estimates are based on interviews with almost 2 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.
“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 has to say about Joliet when it comes to home ownership and income:
|Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2007-2011||21%||32.9%|
|Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011||$188,700||$198,500|
|Persons per household, 2007-2011||3.07||2.62|
|Per capita money income in the past 12 months (2011 dollars), 2007-2011||$22,826||$29,376|
|Median household income, 2007-2011||$60,528||$56,576|
|Persons below poverty level, percent, 2007-2011||12%||13.1%
Some facts on the demographic makeup of the Joliet community:
|White persons, percent, 2010 (a)||67.5%||71.5%|
|Black persons, percent, 2010 (a)||16%||14.5%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a)||0.3%||0.3%|
|Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a)||1.9%||4.6%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a)||Z*||0.0%|
|Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010||2.9%||2.3%|
|Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b)||27.8%||15.8%|
|White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2010||53%||63.7%|
|Persons under the age of 5||8.9%||6.5%|
|Foreign born persons, percent, 2007-2011||14.5%||13.7%|
|Language other than English spoken at home, percent age 5+, 2007-2011||27.5%||22.0%|
|High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011||83.4%||86.6%|
|Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011||22.3%||30.7%|
|Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2007-2011||31.5||28.1|
*Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown