Compared to the rest of the nation, Nevadans make less money, are more likely to be divorced, less likely to be white, and more likely to own their own homes.
Those are some of points gleaned from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2013-17, which were released by the Census Bureau Thursday. The ACS “is the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information every year,” the Bureau said in a statement, which is probably true.
The Bureau has prepared narrative profiles that highlight several categories for the nation and for each state, which make for (relatively) easy comparisons.
Take housing, for instance…
- Median property value of owner-occupied houses
- U.S.: $193,500
- Nevada: $216,400
- Median monthly housing costs for owners with a mortgage
- U.S.: $1,515
- Nevada: $1,422
- Median gross rent:
- U.S: $982
- Nevada: $1,107
Another example: The top five industries that employ the most people in the U.S. compared to the five industries that employ the most employees in Nevada:
|1. Educational services, and health care and social assistance||23.1%||1. Arts, entertainment and recreation, and accommodation and food services||25.3%|
|2. Retail trade||11.4%||2. Educational services, and health care and social assistance||15.7%|
|3. Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services||11.3%||3. Retail trade||11.9%|
|4. Manufacturing||10.3%||4. Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services||11.1%|
|5. Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing||9.7%||5. Construction||6.3%|
The percentage of Nevadans who drive to work alone, or take public transportation (78.2 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively), the percentage of people who work in the private vs public sectors (82.8 percent and 11.9 percent, respectively); the median age of Nevadans (37.7); and poverty rates, educational attainment (the one everyone is always nattering on about), internet use — there’s something in the data for everyone.
Oh and for the record, the median household income was $57,653 in the U.S., and $55,434 in Nevada. And in Nevada, 12.8 percent of men and 15 percent of women are divorced, compared to 9.5 percent of men and 12.1 percent of women are divorced nationally, according to the ACS.