The Numbers Game: How Americans Lived From 2005 to 2009


Ahead of the 2010 Census figures, the U.S. Census Bureau looked back at the last five years. Its American Community Survey offers estimates based on results from 2005 to 2009. Where do the most unmarried men live? What region's residents have the longest commute? The census, with these numbers, compares big-city and small-town life for the first time.

Here are some notable differences between lifestyles in metropolitan statistical areas, those that include urban centers with more than 50,000 people and adjacent counties, and so-called 'micropolitan areas,' regions that include at least one urban center with more than 10,000 people but less than 50,000.

Percentage of Married-Couple Families With Husband and Wife in the Labor Force
Percentage of Married-Couple Families With Husband and Wife in the Labor Force


Highest Percentage of Men Who Never Married
Highest Percentage of Men Who Never Married


Highest Median Age
Highest Median Age


Percentage of Workers 16 Years and Older Who Traveled to Work by Car, Truck, or Van and Drove Alone
Percentage of Workers 16 Years and Older Who Traveled to Work by Car, Truck, or Van and Drove Alon


Women 15 to 50 Years Old Who Had a Birth in the Past 12 Months (Per 1,000 Women)
Women 15 to 50 Years Old Who Had a Birth in the Past 12 Months (Per 1,000 Women)


Longest Commute in Minutes

Longest Commute in Minutes


Percentage of Mortgaged Owners Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Selected Monthly Owner Costs
Percentage of Mortgaged Owners Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Selected Monthly Owner Costs


Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Rent and Utilities
Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Rent and Utilities


Percentage of Grandparents Responsible for Grandchildren
Percentage of Grandparents Responsible for Grandchildren



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