April 17, 2014

Medina
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U.S. Census Bureau has our numbers

Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau this week say the oldest population in Medina County is in Westfield Center, which has a median age of 50.3.

The survey found that Spencer Township residents have the longest drive to work in the county, with an average commute of 39.8 minutes.

The American Community Survey data published Tuesday was the first ACS estimate to include communities smaller than 20,000 people. That means there is now demographic, social and economic information available for each Medina County community, including townships and villages. The data can be found at http://factfinder.census.gov.

It’s based on information from a survey mailed to 3 million U.S. addresses between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2009. It produces estimates on 72 topics including that range from basic demographic income, ancestry and housing statistics.

The Census Bureau created the ACS to provide more up-to-date data than existed with the decennial U.S. Census, which takes up to two years to tabulate.

“The ACS complements the decennial count and provides estimates of population characteristics that are more detailed than the basic demographic information that will be released from the 2010 Census, which will be available starting in February,” the bureau said in a statement this week.

Since 2000, the Census Bureau has produced an annual ACS report for communities with populations of at least 65,000. It has also produced several three-year surveys of communities with populations of at least 20,000.

The five-year survey released this week used all the surveys taken between 2005 and 2009. Since it was a larger sample, the Census Bureau could provide details for smaller communities.

Reactions by local public officials toward the survey were mixed Wednesday.

Patrice Theken, director of Medina County Planning Services, said she prefers to look at the 10-year census numbers because they are more exact.

“A lot of grants that (the county) applies for request the U.S. Census data, so they’re looking for more comprehensive numbers that come from the Census Bureau,” she said. “It’s OK to just throw out some numbers once in awhile, but most of the times we like to use the regular census data.”

However, Bethany Dentler, the executive director of the Medina County Economic Development Corp., said she regularly uses the survey as a marketing tool for businesses.

“I really rely on that survey being updated much more regularly than the every-10-year census,” she said.

She said she uses the survey “to give a picture of the area” to businesses that are looking to locate here.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.

MEDINA COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS:

Age
Oldest median age: Westfield Center, 50.3
Youngest median age: Gloria Glens Village, 32.5
Medina County median age: 39.2

Home value
Highest median value of owner-occupied housing units: $312,100, Sharon Township.
Lowest median value of owner-occupied housing units: $106,000, Lodi.
Medina County median value of owner-occupied housing units: $182,600.

Income
Highest median household income: $101,627, Montville Township.
Lowest median household income: $48,347, Seville Village.
Medina County median household income: $66,458.

Education
Highest percentage of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: Montville Township, 51.3 percent.
Lowest percentage of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: Lodi, 3.9 percent.
Medina County percentage of bachelor’s degree or higher: 28.4 percent.

Commute
Longest mean travel time to work: Spencer Township, 39.8 minutes.
Shortest mean travel time to work: Wadsworth city, 21.8 minutes.
Medina County mean travel time to work: 27 minutes.

Poverty
Highest percentage of families below the poverty level: Homer Township, 10.9 percent.
Lowest percentage of families below the poverty level: Westfield Center, 0 percent.
Medina County percentage of families below the poverty level: 4.3 percent.

Note: All data based on a sample of the population.

Source: American Community Survey