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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Fort Thomas Census Update

As I mentioned in a recent post, the US Census Bureau has released its city level demographic data for the state of Kentucky.  There are some really interesting comparisons to be made from this data from 2010 and the last census in 2000 that give a snapshot of how our community is changing.  Following is a summary of the high points:

1. Age groups - Generally more people are aged 35 - 54 in 2010 then 2000 - by a lot.  685 people more despite the total population remaining flat at 16K+.  This was largely at the expense of the 65 - 84 age group. I believe this represents a fairly significant shift in trends in Fort Thomas as more younger families are moving into Fort Thomas as the older generation is moving into retirement communities.  The other surprising group was 'Non-family households' which increased from 2,404 to 2,568.

2. Housing - Total housing units increased from 7,028 to 7,290, a fairly significant increase.  Occupancy slipped from 95.9% to 93.1% - mirroring a national trend.  Rental vacancy rates jumped from 4.2% to 9.5%

3. Race - Fort Thomas became only slightly more diverse with only a 1% improvement in those indicating a race other than white.  Still a surprisingly non-diverse 97%.  Most of this change came as a result of an increase in the Latino population of over 100 people.

So there you go, our changing community probably has more to do with age than it does with race, housing, family makeup or anything else.

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