Census Tidbits Enliven the Years between Massive Portraits

While it is true that the U.S. Census Bureau will not crank out another of its massive decennial portraits of the nation until 2020, even as 2010 fades into the rear view, that doesn’t mean we are not being kept abreast.

The bureau is constantly cranking out interesting factoids, including these defining our state in releases from the past several weeks:

– Colorado was the third fastest growing state in the U.S. last year.  The state grew by 1.5 percent, increasing by more than 78,000 people from 5,189,458 in July 2012 to 5,268,367 as of July 2013, according to the bureau’s Population Estimate Program.   Colorado trailed only North Dakota at 3.1 percent growth and Utah at 1.6 percent among the states, while the District of Columbia added 2 percent growth.

– Home rental prices in the state continue to rise, from an average statewide monthly payment of $852 in the 2010 survey to $883 in 2011 and $915 in the bureau’s latest American Community Survey, good through 2012.

– The rising costs of rentals reflects pressure put on home ownership during the Great Recession. The 2010 report found that more than two thirds of Colorado households, or 67.6 percent, owned the home they lived in. At the beginning of last year, the figure was 65.9 percent.

– The percent of households nationally composed of married couples with children has declined from 40 percent in 1970 to 19 percent in 2013, according to the bureau’s Current Population Survey. At the same time, the percent of single-person households has jumped from 17 percent to 27 percent.

– Colorado has one of the higher rates among the states of medically uninsured, the 2012 five-year survey found. With 15.3 percent of residents not having health insurance, the state ranked 33rd. Massachusetts had the lowest rate of uninsured at 4 percent and Texas had the highest rate at 23 percent uninsured.

– And, one of our favorites, while the Census Bureau did not actually use the word “slackers,” it reported that about one in every 25 teens in Colorado between the ages of 16 and 19 are neither enrolled in school nor part of the workforce. They are considered by the bureau to be “idle”  youth.

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