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Census: Bolingbrook Bests State Averages for Income, Home Ownership

Released Thursday, the five-year American Community Survey offers detailed demographic information on communities throughout the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released estimates from its American Community Survey, which provides local statistics for the combined years from 2007 to 2011 on everything from housing to employment to marital status in communities throughout the country.

The five-year estimates are based on interviews with almost 2 million housing units nationwide from 2007 through 2011. By pooling several years of survey responses, the American Community Survey generates detailed statistical portraits for small areas. The groupings of five-year estimates are released annually.

“By telling the story of our towns and neighborhoods, the American Community Survey helps planners locate schools and firehouses,” said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director. “Thanks to the cooperation of the public, the Census Bureau produces reliable, quality statistical information for even small communities in the U.S. That’s why it’s so important for households that are selected to participate in the ACS to respond.”

American Community Survey Data can be found on the Census Bureau's QuickFacts site, and browsers can also use “Easy Stats,” a tool that allows users to build their own tables by selecting a desired topic and geography. Early next year, the Census Bureau will release “Dwellr,” a mobile app designed to put Census Bureau statistics directly in the hands of new users in an engaging way.

Here's what the American Community Survey has to say about Bolingbrook when it comes to home ownership and income:

Bolingbrook State Homeownership rate 85.2% 68.7% Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2007-2011 10.8% 32.9% Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011 $237,200 $198,500 Households, 2007-2011 22,048 4,773,002 Persons per household, 2007-2011 3.31 2.62 Per capita money income in the past 12 months (2011 dollars), 2007-2011 $28,097 $29,376 Median household income, 2007-2011 $81,713 $56,576 Persons below poverty level, percent, 2007-2011 7.1% 13.1%

Some facts on the demographic makeup of the Bolingbrook community:

Bolingbrook State White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 54.3% 71.5% Black persons, percent, 2010 (a) 20.4% 14.5% American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a) 0.3% 0.3% Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a) 11.4% 4.6% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a) Z* 0.0% Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010 3.4% 2.3% Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b) 24.5% 15.8% White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2010 41.7% 63.7%   Persons under the age of 5 8% 6.5% Foreign born persons, percent, 2007-2011 23.1% 13.7% Language other than English spoken at home, percent age 5+, 2007-2011 36.2% 22.0% High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011 87.9% 86.6% Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011 32.9% 30.7% Veterans, 2007-2011 3,443 770,388 Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2007-2011 32.4 28.1

*Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey

Mike December 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Comparing Bolingbrook (or any Chicagoland town) to state, doesn't really mean anything. Need to compare Bolingbrook to the other Chicagoland towns to get the real picture.
Rhonda December 07, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I agree. A more realistic picture would be to compare Bolingbrook to surrounding communities. How do we measure up to Naperville, Plainfield, Wheaton, Aurora, etc. As a resident, I would love to see those comparisons. The Village of Bolingbrook has its problems, but overall it's a great community to raise a family.
Bob Jamesly December 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Yes, we have to face the problems and do our best to keep this village a good community to raise a family.

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