Thursday, March 23, 2017
Population and Housing Narrative Profile
2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


While the ACS produces sample-based population group and housing estimates used in this report, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program produces and disseminates official estimates of the population for the nation, states, counties, cities and towns, as well as estimates of housing units for states and counties. For more information see:http://www.census.gov/popest/ 

Note that for small geographic areas, the sample used for the Narrative Profile may be small as well. Users are encouraged to examine the detailed tables on American FactFinder that are associated with the Narrative Profile text. These tables provide additional information on sampling variability associated with the estimates in this report. 


Geography: Highlands County, Florida



 Households and Families 

In 2009-2013 there were 39,900 households in Highlands County, Florida. The average household size was 2.4 people. 

Families made up 64 percent of the households in Highlands County, Florida. This figure includes both married-couple families (51 percent) and other families (13 percent). Of other families, 4 percent are female householder families with no husband present and own children under 18 years. Nonfamily households made up 36 percent of all households in Highlands County, Florida. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder. 

In Highlands County, Florida, 20 percent of all households have one or more people under the age of 18; 52 percent of all households have one or more people 65 years and over.


Types of Households in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013


Among persons 15 and older, 56 percent of males and 52 percent of females are currently married. 

Population 15 years and over Males Females
Never married 24.2 17.4
Now married, except separated 55.6 52.1
Separated 2.0 2.8
Widowed 5.6 15.0
Divorced 12.7 12.8


In Highlands County, Florida, 2,000 grandparents lived with their grandchildren under 18 years old. Of those grandparents, 37 percent of them had financial responsibility for their grandchildren. 


 Nativity and Foreign Born 
An estimated 89 percent of the people living in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013 were 
native residents of the United States
 and 33 percent of these residents were 
living in the state in which they were born.
 

An estimated 11 percent of the people living in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013 were foreign born. Of the foreign born population, 41 percent were naturalized U.S. citizens, and 95 percent entered
 
the country
 before the year 2010. An estimated 5 percent of the foreign born entered 
the country
 in 2010 or later. 

Foreign born residents of Highlands County, Florida come from different parts of the world.
Region of Birth for the Foreign Born Population in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

 Language 

Among people at least five years old living in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013, 19 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 83 percent spoke Spanish and 17 percent spoke some other language; 44 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."


Percent of the Population 5 years and over who Speak a Language other than English in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013


 Geographic Mobility 

In 2009-2013, 84 percent of the people at least one year old living in Highlands County, Florida were living in the same residence one year earlier.

Geographic Mobility of Residents of Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

 Education 

In 2009-2013, 81 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 15 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. An estimated 19 percent did not complete high school. 

The total school enrollment in Highlands County, Florida was 17,100 in 2009-2013. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 2,400 and elementary or high school enrollment was 11,700 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 2,900.


Educational Attainment of People in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

 
 Disability 

In Highlands County, Florida, among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2009-2013, 20 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 6 percent of people under 18 years old, to 16 percent of people 18 to 64 years old, and to 32 percent of those 65 and over. 

 Employment Status and Type of Employer 

In Highlands County, Florida, 38 percent of the population 16 and over were employed; 56 percent were not currently in the labor force. 

An estimated 78 percent of the people employed were private wage and salary workers; 16 percent were federal, state, or local government workers; and 5 percent were self-employed in their own (not incorporated) business. 



Class of worker Number Percent
Private wage and salary workers 24,243 78.4
Federal, state, or local government workers 4,971 16.1
Self-employed workers in own not incorporated business 1,689 5.5
 Industries 

In 2009-2013, the civilian employed population 16 years and older in Highlands County, Florida worked in the following industries:



Percent by Industry in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

 
 Occupations 

Occupations for the civilian employed population 16 years and over in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013:



Civilian employed population 16 years and over Number Percent
Management, business, sciences, and arts occupations 7,889 25.5
Service occupations 7,119 23.0
Sales and office occupations 8,515 27.5
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations 4,966 16.1
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 2,446 7.9

 Commuting to Work 

An estimated 78 percent of Highlands County, Florida workers drove to work alone in 2009-2013, and 11 percent carpooled. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 22 minutes to get to work.


Percent of Workers 16 and over Commuting by Mode in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

 Income 

The median income of households in Highlands County, Florida was $35,560. An estimated 17 percent of households had income below $15,000 a year and 2 percent had income over $150,000 or more. 

Median Earnings for Full-Time Year-Round Workers by Sex in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2


An estimated 53 percent of the households received earnings and 31 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. An estimated 57 percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $18,476. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source. 

Proportion of Households with Various Income Sources in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2

 Poverty and Participation in Government Programs 

In 2009-2013, 20 percent of people were in poverty. An estimated 32 percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 11 percent of people 65 years old and over. An estimated 14 percent of all families and 35 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.


Poverty Rates in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2
 Health Insurance 

Among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013, 82 percent had health insurance coverage and 18 percent did not have health insurance coverage. For those under 18 years of age, 14 percent had no health insurance coverage. The civilian noninstitutionalized population had both private and public health insurance, with 54 percent having private coverage and 52 percent having public coverage. 

 Population 

In 2009-2013, Highlands County, Florida has a total population of 98,300 -- 50,400 (51 percent) females and 47,900 (49 percent) males. The median age was 51.8 years. An estimated 18 percent of the population was under 18 years and 33 percent was 65 years and older. 

Age Distribution of People in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013



For people reporting one race alone, 86 percent were White; 10 percent were Black or African American; 1 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 1 percent were Asian; less than 0.5 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 2 percent were some other race. An estimated 2 percent reported two or more races. An estimated 18 percent of the people in Highlands County, Florida were Hispanic. An estimated 70 percent of the people in Highlands County, Florida were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

 Housing Characteristics 

In 2009-2013, Highlands County, Florida had a total of 55,100 housing units, 28 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 61 percent were in single-unit structures, 12 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 27 percent were mobile homes. An estimated 37 percent of the housing units were built since 1990.

Types of Housing Units in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013


The median number of rooms in all housing units in Highlands County, Florida is 5. Of these housing units, 40 percent have three or more bedrooms.

 Occupied Housing Unit Characteristics

In 2009-2013, Highlands County, Florida had 39,900 occupied housing units - 31,100 (78 percent) owner occupied and 8,800 (22 percent) renter occupied. An estimated 69 percent of householders of these units had moved in since 2000. An estimated 42 percent of the owner occupied units had a mortgage. An estimated 3 percent of the households did not have telephone service. An estimated 7 percent had no vehicles available and another 10 percent had three or more. 

Homes in Highlands County, Florida were heated in the following ways:

House heating fuel used in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013



+this category includes utility, bottled, tank, or LP gas 

 Housing Costs 

The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,072, nonmortgaged owners $337, and renters $719. An estimated 42 percent of owners with mortgages, 12 percent of owners without mortgages, and 59 percent of renters in Highlands County, Florida spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

Occupants with a Housing Cost Burden in Highlands County, Florida in 2009-2013

Explanation of Symbols: 
An '-' entry in the estimate column indicates that either no sample observations or too few sample observations were available to compute an estimate, or a ratio of medians cannot be calculated because one or both of the median estimates falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an open-ended distribution. 
An '-' following a median estimate means the median falls in the lowest interval of an open-ended distribution. 
An '+' following a median estimate means the median falls in the upper interval of an open-ended distribution.

Source: United States Census Bureau.

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