SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The median household income of residents in the San Diego metropolitan area held steady between 2011 and 2012, but the percentage of people living in poverty dipped slightly over the same time frame, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to the 2012 American Community Survey, median household income in the area was $60,330 in 2012, only a slight change from $60,699 in 2011. The numbers were above the national median household income of $53,607 last year, and $53,545 in 2011.
The percentage of San Diego-area residents living in poverty dropped slightly from 15.1 percent in 2011 to 15 percent last year. The national poverty rate was 15.5 percent in 2012.
The survey provides a snapshot of the financial health of residents in particular areas of the country, along with statistics on education levels and immigration. Census officials said the report is aimed at giving communities data to help them plan public investment and government services.
According to the report, 17 percent of area residents lacked health insurance in 2012, down from 17.4 percent the prior year.
Among the other 2012 statistics in the report for the San Diego area:
- 49.4 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds were enrolled in school, up from 48.9 percent in 2011 and above the national rate of 48.7 percent
- 86.1 percent of residents 25 or older had completed high school, up from 84.9 percent the prior year but below the U.S. rate of 86.7 percent
- 34.8 percent of residents 25 or older had a bachelor's degree or higher, above the national rate of 31.2 percent
- 23.2 percent of residents were foreign-born, well above the U.S. metro-area rate of 14.8 percent
- The median value of an owner-occupied home was $386,400, down from $396,500 in 2011. The U.S. median value was $188,300
- The median cost of rent plus utility costs was $1,253, above the national median of $925.
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Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
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San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during tomorrow's solar eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.