Census Bureau releases social, economic, housing estimates

The Census Bureau today released the 2007 American Community Survey, the government's annual estimates of social, economic and housing characteristics for the nation.

Among the highlights:

Median home values increased 5% from 2006 to 2007, a significantly lower rate than in recent years.

Hawaii had the highest median home value, at $555,400, while West Virginia and Mississippi tied for the lowest, at $96,000. The national estimate was $194,300.

Despite higher gas prices, the average commute to work increased from 25.0 minutes in 2006 to 25.3 minutes in 2007.

Commuters in New York state had the longest average journey to work, at 31.5 minutes; workers in North Dakota had the shortest, at 16.1 minutes.

Immigrants made up 27.4% of the population in California, the largest of any state. West Virginia has the lowest percentage, at 1.3%. The national average was 12.6%.

Nearly 43% of Californians spoke a language other than English at home, the highest rate in the nation; West Virginia had the lowest rate, at 2.3%. The national share was 19.7%.

Wyoming had the highest share of high school graduates, at 91.2% of the population age 25 and older; Mississippi had the lowest, at 78.5%. The national share was 84.5%, up slightly from 2006.

The District of Columbia had the highest share of those with a bachelor's degree, at 47.5%, while West Virginia had the lowest, at 17.3%. The national share was 27.5%, up from 27.0% in 2006.

The District of Columbia also had the highest share of those with advanced college degrees, at 26%, while North Dakota and Mississippi tied for the lowest, at 6.4%. The national share was 10.1%, statistically unchanged from 2006.

Alaska had the highest share of veterans, at 15.4% of the population, while New York had the lowest, at 7%.

Women in the District of Columbia get married the latest in life, at a median age for first-timers of 29.9 years. Women in Utah get married the earliest, at a median age of 22.8 years. Nationally, the median age was 26. The rankings for D.C. and Utah were the same for men, though the median age for getting married was older for men in both places.

South Carolina had the highest share of housing that was mobile homes, at 18.2%, while the District of Columbia had none.

Source: Census Bureau's 2007 American Community Survey.

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