10 New Findings from the U.S. Census


Owsley County, Ky., had the lowest median household income in the U.S., not including Puerto Rico. The county's median income decreased to $18,869 in 2009 from $20,346 in 2000, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data.

5. Westchester, N.Y., has highest property taxes in the U.S.

Residents in Westchester County, N.Y. had a median $9,044 in real estate taxes, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data in 2009. Three counties in New York and seven counties in New Jersey comprise the top-ten list.

6. Orlando, Fla., is nation's most vacant city

In Orlando, the home vacancy rate is 4.3 percent and apartment vacancy rate is 23.6 percent, according to Census data from the fourth quarter of 2010 compiled by Forbes.

7. Puerto Rico has more African Americans and American Indians

The number of Puerto Ricans identifying as black or American Indian increased over 50 percent in the past ten years, according to Census data. Over 461,000 of the island's 3.7 million population identified as black, an increase of 52 percent. Meanwhile, 20,000 said they were American Indian, an increase of 49 percent, according to the Associated Press. The population that identifies as white decreased about 8 percentage points to 76 percent.

8. Percentage of parenting among same-sex couples is highest in the south

The region with the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children (26.3 percent) was the "East South Central" region, which includes Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The number of couples raising children under 18 there were 6,283, while there were 17,583 same-sex couples not raising children in those states.

The West South Central region, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, came in second with 26 percent of same sex couples raising children, or 13,914, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey Data. The number of same-sex couples not raising children was 39,665 in that region.

Third was New England, at 24.4 percent, or 9,322 same-sex couples raising children with 28,877 couples not raising children.

"This parenting data is counter to many peoples' expectations," said Gary Gates, demographer with the Williams Institute. He said he is anticipating additional data from the 2010 Census.

Gates said an estimated 3.5 percent of adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual and an estimated 0.3 percent of adults are transgender, according to research published this month.

9. Cleveland sees lowest population in 100 years

Cleveland's population decreased by 17 percent to 396,815, according to the Census Bureau, after 80,000 residents left the city. "We knew there was going to be a loss. We did not think it was going to be this many," Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

10. More blacks in south moving to suburbs

The percentage of African Americans in metropolitan areas of the south who moved to the suburbs increased to 58 percent, compared to 41 percent in the rest of the U.S., according to Census figures. That's up from 52 percent in 2000, according to The Associated Press.

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