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Community Analysis Resources

Where can I get started with basic statistics on my community?

Census.gov Easy Stats

What is the population of your community (Library Service Area)? What is the projected population in 5 years?

http://www.census.gov/

What percent of the people living in your community are:

Less than 5 years old
Between 5 and 17
Between 18 and 24
Between 25 and 44
Between 45 and 64
Age 65 and older

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

The U.S. Census Bureau page on State & County QuickFacts will lead to this information.

In addition, you can go to the Census American Factfinder for this information.

How many people in single-parent households are there in your community? How many people in family households?

Go to the Census American Factfinder for this information.

This information also is available through the U.S. Census Bureau's State & County Quickfacts page.

How many people speak a language other than English at home in your community?

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

What are the three largest employers in your community?

www.themedc.org/Reference/Economic-Data/Default.aspx

Select the Standard Profile toward the bottom of the page and then select the county you are interested in.

What are the three major industries and how many people do they employ?

Go to the Census American Factfinder for this information.

You can also go to the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives Web site: http://www.milmi.org/ . Choose Local Area Information, then Local Area Profile. You can choose your County and timeframe from that point.

What is the percentage of unemployed people in your community?

Go to the Census American Factfinder for this information.

You can also go to the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives Web site: http://www.milmi.org/ . Choose Local Area Information, then Local Area Profile. You can choose your County and timeframe from that point.

What is the occupational forecast in your community?

Go to the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives Web site: http://www.milmi.org/

Click on The Future.

What is the median family income in your community?

Go to the Census American Factfinder for this information.

Per capita incomes are included in each county's breakdown at www.themedc.org/Reference/Economic-Data/Default.aspx

What percentages of families in your community are below the poverty line?

Go to the Census American Factfinder for this information.

Also, check http://www.economy.com/dismal. Under Data enter the zip code for your area to get an economic profile.

Provides a break down of persons, housing, children enrolled in public or private schools by individual school districts.

Other questions to consider are:

How many home-schooled students are there?

Does your community experience large fluctuations in population during different seasons?

What other libraries are in your community?

What type of schools (elementary, secondary, post-secondary) are in your community?

What government offices are in your community, and what services do they provide?

Please contact Karren Reish, LSTA Coordinator (517) 241-0021, e-mail: reishk@michigan.gov with any questions or concerns, as well as with any information regarding the accessibility of the links listed. Keep in mind, however, that the Library of Michigan is not responsible for the upkeep of the data available at the sites listed.

Updated 06/23/2014