2019 American Community Survey 5-year data released

Posted on Dec 10, 2020 in Featured, Whats New Releases

December 10, 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates today. Data for smaller areas such as census tracts are only available from the 5-year dataset. 

With the release of the 2015-2019 ACS estimates, there are now three nonoverlapping five-year ACS datasets: 2005-2009, 2010-2014, and 2015-2019.  The 2010-2014 and 2015-2019 ACS datasets are available via the Census Bureau’s new data tool, data.census.gov.  Currently, the 2005-2009 ACS dataset is only accessible via API (Application Programming Interface)

From DBEDT’s highlights:

  • Average household size. Seven census tracts in Hawaii, all located on Oahu, had an average household size of 5 or more persons.  Kihei Mauka had the largest average household size on the island of Maui at 4.50.  Puhi-Hanama’ulu had the largest average household size on Kauai at 3.84.  Kealakehe had the largest average household size on the island of Hawaii at 3.58.

  • Median housing values for owner-occupied units. Diamond Head and Lanikai, both on Oahu, had median housing values of $2 million or more.  Six other census tracts had median values between $1.3 and $1.99 million. For all counties, median housing values for owner-occupied housing units were greater than the national median of $217,500.

  • Median household income. Compared to 2010-2014, using 2019 inflation-adjusted dollars, the State and all counties had statistically significant increases in median household income.  The median household income for the State of Hawaii increased by 10.3%. Kauai County’s median household income increased the most, 22.9%.

More highlights with Hawaii data, ranking tables, and comparative profiles are available on our DBEDT website.  The U.S. Census Bureau’s press release is available here.

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates; compiled by the Research and Economic Analysis Division of the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.