Did you know that around 20,000 homes occupied in Jacksonville were built before 1939? Or that 89% of Jaxsons have at least a high school degree?
There are all kinds of interesting things you can learn about Jacksonville – or any city – by looking at data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. And much of that data is available to the public, free of charge.
Reading census data can tell you a lot about a city’s residents – what kind of housing they live in, where they’re originally from, how much money they make, and so much more.
Here are just a few interesting statistics about Jacksonville that are readily available through the Census Bureau – and some thoughts on what they tell us about our city and its residents. All data is accurate up to 2017 – so while the exact numbers have probably changed a bit by now, it still provides a fairly up-to-date portrait of the city’s demographics.
Did you know that Jaxsons are, on average, younger than the rest of the country?
The median age of Jacksonville’s population is 35.8 years old. That’s a little over two years younger than the median age of the United States as a whole. 35% of the city’s population is between 20 and 44 years old.
And while those numbers don’t represent a major increase over the past – in fact, our median age is up a tiny bit from 2010 – they show that at a time when the national average age is rising thanks to increased life expectancies and lower birth rates, Jax is still attracting a younger population.