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    Median household income

    Forgive my lack of knowledge on this. But, I'm looking for a more up-to-date set of data on Household Income distribution. It is not for a metropolitan area, a city of approximately 50,000. Any advice?

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    Quote Originally posted by Solman15 View post
    Forgive my lack of knowledge on this. But, I'm looking for a more up-to-date set of data on Household Income distribution. It is not for a metropolitan area, a city of approximately 50,000. Any advice?
    Check to see if the area participated in the 2005 census update. Other options places to look is the local COG. Another option is pay a service like ERSI, Claritas or Infomap to provide you the data. These sources tend to be unrealible in more rural areas but its a place to start.
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    This should all be available on your state's website.

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    You can get this information from the Americn Community Survey (probably at the county level).
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    Quote Originally posted by Solman15 View post
    Forgive my lack of knowledge on this. But, I'm looking for a more up-to-date set of data on Household Income distribution. It is not for a metropolitan area, a city of approximately 50,000. Any advice?
    Try the ACS for county level data and check the state office of statistics site since it's much more frequently updated and projected than the Census. The ACS has both Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Area data as well. A city I used to work in with population 20K has ACS data...give it a shot.
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    Wait until December?

    I was told by the Census folks at NC State to wait until December for accurate county-level data. For our county (est. pop 85,000) there is way too much variation right now in the results from the ACS rolling surveys. The margin of error is as large as the count in most instances.

    The ACS three year aggregates for pop. 20,000-65,000 are scheduled for first release in December 2008. Pop. under 20,000 will be released in 2011 at the block group level, those are 5 year aggregates.

    Your state's release dates may be different - the data person at the state level will know.

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    In my office, we use Claritas for median household incomes between census years.

    The best thing about the Claritas Community Profile Analysis is that you can get the information all the way down to the census tract level.

    If your organization isn't willing/able to pay for the information, check with local libraries or maybe a university library to see if they get the yearly updates.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    In my office, we use Claritas for median household incomes between census years.

    The best thing about the Claritas Community Profile Analysis is that you can get the information all the way down to the census tract level.

    If your organization isn't willing/able to pay for the information, check with local libraries or maybe a university library to see if they get the yearly updates.
    I've had hit and miss luck with the accuracy of Claritas.

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    Also remember that Census Data is self-reported. It is human nature to under-report such things and not include all income.

    Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is an option. They provide information on Personal Income which they define as "Income received by persons from all sources. It includes income received from participation in production as well as from government and business transfer payments. It is the sum of compensation of employees (received), supplements to wages and salaries, proprietors' income with inventory valuation adjustment (IVA) and capital consumption adjustment (CCAdj), rental income of persons with CCAdj, personal income receipts on assets, and personal current transfer receipts, less contributions for government social insurance." This information is found at the local and county levels.

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    Quote Originally posted by Chet View post
    I've had hit and miss luck with the accuracy of Claritas.
    Amen. These are guestimates based on Census data. The Census data will work just fine for most purposes.
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    Quote Originally posted by Chet View post
    I've had hit and miss luck with the accuracy of Claritas.
    We make no judgements about the accuracy of the data from Claritas. But I find that it is great for what it is: a consistently calculated figure during the in-between-years when you cannot get U.S. Census data.
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