September 26th 2019 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Signs of Fall: Data Release from the U.S. Census ACS!

September 26, 2019, the American Community Survey (ACS) 1 year estimates for 2018 data release. These data cover geographies with 65,000 or more in population. In New Mexico, that means we receive 2018 data for the entire state, four MSA’s, ten counties and four cities. This annual release covers more than 40 demographic and economic topics in the detailed profiles.

To summarize, New Mexico 2018 data show that our median age is 38.1 with the U.S. median age at 38.2. Average household size in N.M. is 2.58, which represents a decrease from 2017 average household size of 2.66. The average family size has also dropped from 3.41 in 2017 to 3.28 in 2018. In N.M., the median household income is $47,169 and the poverty rate is 19.5% for 2018.

The table at the end of this blog shows selected tabulations for New Mexico and the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA): Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe, from the Census Data Profile (DP) tables DP 02 through 05. This data was downloaded through the new data dissemination tool at data.census.gov. For more information on this tool and how to use it, go to https://www.census.gov/data/what-is-data-census-gov.html. This data is not available through the old American Fact Finder (AFF) data tool. The American Fact Finder tool is being discontinued entirely next summer. You can still access older data and data not yet available in AFF until then.

For assistance using the new Census Bureau data tool, please contact the Data Bank at 277-3038. Also, consider attending our 21st Annual New Mexico Data Users Conference on November 14th. We will have Census Bureau staff in attendance for hands-on training.

Geographic Area Name New Mexico Albuquerque MSA Farmington MSA Las Cruces MSA Santa Fe MSA
Selection from Data Profile Table DP02
Total households 794,093 358,493 43,707 80,409 62,707
Family households (families) 495,378 218,407 29,548 52,763 36,488
With own children of the householder under 18 years 191,502 80,564 11,999 23,868 11,755
Percent With own children of the householder under 18 years 24.1 22.5 27.5 29.7 18.7
Percent Male householder, no wife present, family; With own children of the householder under 18 years 2.8 2.5 4.5 2.8 2.3
Percent Female householder, no husband present, family; With own children of the householder under 18 years 6.8 6.2 7 9 5.6
Percent Households with one or more people 65 years and over 32.6 30.5 31.2 29.5 40.5
Average household size 2.58 2.53 2.82 2.64 2.35
Average family size 3.28 3.21 3.48 3.27 3.07
Selection from Data Profile Table DP03
Percent Population 16 years and over, Civilian labor force 55.7 59.8 52.7 55.1 57.9
Percent All parents in family in labor force; Own children of the householder under 6 years 59.8 63.6 44.8 57.9 57.3
Median household income (dollars) $47,169 $51,134 $44,841 $35,262 $60,193
Median family income (dollars) $58,760 $64,583 $51,806 $47,815 $69,809
Percent population; With health insurance coverage 90.5 91.1 88.1 89.8 88.6
Percent population No health insurance coverage 9.5 8.9 11.9 10.2 11.4
Percentage of Families in poverty 15.1 11.3 19.7 22 7.4
Percentage With related children of the householder under 18 years 23.2 19.3 26.1 32.2 15.2
Percentage With related children of the householder under 5 years only 22.8 17 43.3 42.2 22.1
Percentage Families with female householder, no husband present, With related children of the householder under 5 years only 50.2 55.1 79.4 51.8 4.9
Percentage of people in poverty 19.5 16.2 24.4 25.9 11.5
Selection from Data Profile Table DP04
Total housing units 943,232 391,088 51,273 89,060 73,463
Occupied housing units 794,093 358,493 43,707 80,409 62,707
Vacant housing units 149,139 32,595 7,566 8,651 10,756
Homeowner vacancy 2.8 1.8 2.8 1.3 0.7
Rental vacancy rate 8.3 9.3 8.6 6.0 5.9
Median Value Owner-occupied (dollars) $174,700 $201,400 $149,600 $144,400 $296,100
Median Selected Monthly Owner Costs (dollars) $1,234 $1,303 $1,194 $1,141 $1,528
Selection from Data Profile Table DP05
Median age (years) 38.1 38.5 36 33.6 47.8
Percent Population Under 18 years 22.9 22.1 26.3 24 17.9
Percent population 65 years and over 17.6 16.8 15.3 16 24.4
Percent American Indian and Alaska Native 9.6 5.7 40 1.2 3
Percent Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 49.1 49.3 20.5 68.6 51.1

To access the complete data profile tables for the area’s in the table above, use these links below the table in the new Census Bureau data access tool:

DP02 Selected Social Characteristics –https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=Data%20Profile&lastDisplayedRow=28&table=DP02&tid=ACSDP1Y2018.DP02&hidePreview=false&g=0400000US35_310M400US10740,22140,29740,42140

DP03 Selected Economic Characteristics – https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=Data%20Profile&lastDisplayedRow=28&table=DP03&tid=ACSDP1Y2018.DP03&hidePreview=false&g=0400000US35_310M400US10740,22140,29740,42140

DP04 Selected Housing Characteristics  – https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?y=2018&table=DP04&tid=ACSDP1Y2018.DP04&g=0400000US35_310M400US10740,22140,29740,42140&hidePreview=true&vintage=2018&layer=cbsa&cid=DP02_0001E&lastDisplayedRow=19&tp=false

DP05 Demographics and Housing – https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=Data%20Profile&lastDisplayedRow=93&table=DP05&tid=ACSDP1Y2018.DP05&hidePreview=true&g=0400000US35_310M400US10740,22140,29740,42140


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