Category Archives: Statistics

303.1 Million, U.S. Population Projection Announced; Nevada Once Again Fastest-Growing State; Louisiana Rebounds

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the Jan. 1, 2008, population will be 303,146,284 — up 2,842,103 or 0.9 percent from New Year’s Day 2007.

In January, the United States is expected to register one birth every eight seconds and one death every 11 seconds.

Nevada Once Again Fastest-Growing State; Louisiana Rebounds

From the report:
Nevada returned to the top as the nation’s fastest-growing state, with a population increase of 2.9 percent between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Arizona, fastest-growing between 2005 and 2006, slipped to second place.

Meanwhile, Louisiana began to rebound from its post-Hurricane Katrina population loss, gaining nearly 50,000 people from July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007, for a total population of 4.3 million. The state lost 250,000 residents during the previous one-year period. Texas gained more people than any other state: Its 2006-2007 increase of almost 500,000 was ahead of runner-up California, which added slightly more than 300,000. California remains the most populous state with about 37 million people.

The Census Bureau also released a population estimate for Puerto Rico, which was 3.9 million on July 1, 2007.

Population Estimate Tables

2008-09 Editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Career Guide to Industries Available on the Internet

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

From the news release:
The 2008-09 editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Career Guide to Industries were issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor on the Bureau’s Internet site. The Handbook and the Career Guide can be accessed on the Internet at and, respectively. Print versions of both publications are expected to be available by Spring 2008.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook has been a nationally recognized source of career information since the late 1940s. The Career Guide to Industries was developed as a companion publication to the Handbook in the early 1990s. These publications provide comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable labor market information that has helped millions of Americans plan their future work lives. The Handbook and the Career Guide discuss prospective changes in the job market and the qualifications sought by employers, information that is widely used by counselors, students, job seekers, education and training officials, and researchers.

State Personal Income: Third Quarter 2007

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

From news release:
U.S. personal income growth accelerated to 1.4 percent in the third quarter of 2007 from 0.9 percent in the second quarter. The acceleration returns the personal income growth rate close to its average for the last two years after a strong first quarter and weaker second quarter. (The growth rate swings in 2007 are a consequence of bonuses paid in the finance industry in the first quarter.) State personal income growth rates in the third quarter ranged from 0.8 percent to 3.6 percent, with growth accelerating or holding steady in all but 11 states.

Full release and tables (PDF; 862 KB)

Housing Bust Shatters State Migration Patterns

Source: The Brookings Institution

Analysis of the new Census Bureau annual estimates of state population changes for 2006-7 shows that the sinking housing market has yanked back high-flying states like Nevada and Arizona. An even bigger tug in growth occurred in Florida, another housing-boom driven state. With credit harder to get and the disappearance of housing deals, the allure of these states appears to have dimmed.

Meanwhile, the up-scale states–California, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts–are seeing fewer residents leave for a lower cost of living elsewhere. And those states benefiting from the previous flight to affordability–Nevada and Arizona in the west; Florida in the south; and Pennsylvania and New Hampshire in the east–have shown slower migration gains or greater declines.

Even the states surrounding Washington, D.C., another hot market, have attracted fewer migrants. Potential home buyers in the outer suburbs of Virginia and Maryland face trouble getting credit and recent buyers in the District and inner suburbs are stuck because they cannot sell.

The D.C. region has, in short, become a microcosm of the nation’s reaction to the housing bust. Like in Nevada and Arizona, the market for the region’s suburban buyers is drying up due to the credit crunch, and construction and in-migration is stalling. But the District and inner suburbs are more like coastal California, where housing-rich residents are waiting to sell in order to move to opportunities elsewhere.

Migration Statistics (PDF; 20 KB)

Employment Projections: 2006-16

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

From Summary:
Over the 2006-16 decade, total employment is projected to increase by 15.6 million jobs, or 10 percent, slightly less than the 15.9 million jobs, or 12 percent, during the 1996-2006 decade. The labor force filling these jobs, while becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, is projected to grow more slowly than in the past. This slowdown in the growth of the labor force is expected, in part, because of the aging and retiring of baby boomers. As a result, the need to replace workers who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons-called replacement needs-is projected to create a significant number of additional job openings

Full report

Statistics: Nearly One in Five Americans Say They Can’t Afford Needed Health Care

Source: Health, United States, 2007 Edition

From the summary/news release:
Nearly one in five U.S. adults – more than 40 million people – report they do not have adequate access to the health care they need, according to the annual report on the nation’s health released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report, “Health, United States, 2007,” is a compilation of more than 150 health tables prepared by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The report also contains a special section focusing on access to care, which shows that nearly 20 percent of adults reported that they needed and did not receive one or more of these services in the past year – medical care, prescription medicines, mental health care, dental care, or eyeglasses – because they could not afford them.

IRS Issues Fall 2007 Statistics of Income Bulletin

Source: Internal Revenue Service

From press release:
The Internal Revenue Service today released the fall 2007 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin, featuring data from 134.4 million individual income tax returns filed for tax year 2005.

U.S. taxpayers reported $7.4 trillion of adjusted gross income less deficit in tax year 2005, up 9.3 percent from tax year 2004 when 132.2 million returns were filed.

Certain types of income posted strong gains between 2004 and 2005. Net capital gains climbed 41 percent and taxable interest rose 29.5 percent, while net partnership and S corporation income gained 27.3 percent.
Taxable income totaled $5.1 trillion in tax year 2005, up 10 percent from the prior year. Total income tax increased for a second straight year, rising 12.4 percent to $934.8 billion. Between tax years 2003 and 2004, total income tax rose 11.2 percent, the first increase in 4 years.

The alternative minimum tax (AMT) grew 33.7 percent between 2004 and 2005 to $17.4 billion. Four million taxpayers paid the AMT in 2005, compared to almost 3.1 million in tax year 2004.

Fall 2007 SOI Bulletin (PDF; 3.6 MB)

The Hispanic Family in Flux

Source: The Brookings Institution

By virtue of its size, growth, and relative youth, the Hispanic population will have a growing impact on all policy matters related to the family according to a new report. This impact will be large and distinctive. The growth of the Hispanic population has already slowed the decline of the two-parent parent family in the United States as immigration produces a steady flow of young adults with a higher propensity to marry than their native-born peers, both Latino and non-Latino. But, immigration, particularly under current policies, is also producing a disproportionate number of Hispanics who are geographically separated from their spouses. The dynamics shaping the Hispanic family are both complex and fluid. Within the Hispanic population there are notable differences in the prevalence of some key behaviors. Of greatest concern is the finding that births to women who are unmarried are more common among native-born Latinos than foreign born Latinos. Such differences are especially significant for the long term because a large and growing share of the youth population is made up of the native-born children of immigrants. Survey data shows that a powerful process of acculturation is taking place among immigrants and their offspring which produces an erosion of the strong sense of family evident among recent immigrants in favor of attitudes similar to those of non-Latinos in the U.S. population.

Full Paper (PDF; 449 KB)

Findings from a Survey of Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses in the United States

Source: S. McGinnis, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany, January 2007

The services provided by parish nurse/faith community nurses (FCNs) include health education, personal health counseling, referrals and advocacy – services that are increasingly important because of their limited availability in the commercial health care system.

The current study represents a pilot effort at nationwide systematic data collection on parish nurse/FCNs. Data collected included information on background characteristics of parish nurse/FCNs (e.g., demographics and education), parish nursing/FCN practice (e.g., congregation characteristics), services provided to congregations, and workplace issues (e.g., satisfaction and future plans).

Enumeration of the Public Health Workforce in New York: Findings from the Pilot Study

Source: D. Robertson, S. McGinnis, and J. Moore, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany, January 2007

The goal of the pilot study was to test the effectiveness if the survey instrument in producing a detailed description of local public health workers and understand how health workers’ composition, roles, educational backgrounds, and training needs affect the organizational capacity of local health departments in New York to perform essential public health services.

The functional enumeration is still underway, but a sufficient number of online and scannable surveys were returned and processed under the pilot study to serve as a basis for this analysis. This report presents findings and recommendations of the pilot study based on survey responses from 1,480 public health workers at 26 local health departments across the state that were received by July 15, 2006.