All about us

The Census Bureau released the 2008 American Community Survey today. The bureau sends surveys each year to a select sample of residents. Many of the questions on it are the ones that Rep. Michele Bachmann used to make a brouhaha a few months ago.

What does this year’s survey tell us? Not a lot that we didn’t already expect.

— The number of households with married couples has dropped from ’07 .

— The number of people over 60 has increased. The median age of Minnesota has increased from 37.1 years to 37.4 years. In 2006 it was 36.8.

— The number of married people has dropped while the number of divorced people has increased.

— Eight-seven percent of people in the metropolitan area (including St. Cloud) commute to work by car. Seventy-eight percent of them drive alone. Gender doesn’t make a difference in the results.

— Most people’s commute is 20-24 minutes. (15.9%)

— The percentage of white people has increased to 88.1 percent.

— The number of unmarried women giving birth has increased from 24.9 percent in 2006 to 30.1% in 2008.

— Enrollment in elementary schools is dropping.

— Two-income families: About 55 percent of U.S. married couples had both spouses in the labor force. North Dakota ranked first at 65 percent, followed by Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.

— The percentage of Scandanavians is dropping.

— Fewer own and more rent.

— Fewer households have two cars.

— Minnesota ranks behind only Massachusetts and Hawaii in the percentage of people with health insurance. (91.3%)

— The median value of a house has dropped from $221,900 to $213,800.

— The percentage of homeowners whose housing costs equal or exceed 35%of month income has increased significantly.

You can find the survey here.

  • Bonnie

    I just filled one of these out about a month ago…so I’m assuming these results are at least a year old, and the survey I completed will be reflected a year from now?

    I suspect a year will make a big difference in some of the housing and job statistics.