Detailed PA County Census Estimates 2013

On June 26, 2014, the PA State Data Center shared the 2013 Detailed State and County Population Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau in the following brief:

2013 Detailed PA County Estimates

Highlights include:

  • All minority groups in the Keystone State experienced growth since 2010, while the White alone, non-Hispanic population was the sole race and ethnic group to decline in population.
  • Between 2010 and 2013, Pennsylvania’s minority population increased by 169,539, or 6.5 percent.
  • Lehigh County has the largest percentage (20.7 percent) of its total population reporting Hispanic ethnicity. Berks County followed with 18.1 percent. Since 2010, these two counties gained 7,941 and 7,328 Hispanic residents, respectively.
  • As of July 1, 2013, more than two-million commonwealth residents were age 65 years and over (16.4% of the total population).



National College Completion Rates and Dual Enrollment

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The National Student Clearinghouse released its second annual college completions report in December 2013. Data was collected from over 3,500 participating colleges and universities.

Findings in the 2013 report include:

  • Nearly one in four students who completed a degree or certificate (23.4 percent) did so at an institution different than the one where they first enrolled.
  • Completions beyond the starting institution raised the overall completion rate from 43 to 56 percent.
  • Gains from completions at institutions other than the starting institution were greater for students who were age 20 or younger when they first entered college than they were for older students: 14.7 percentage points, compared to 8.4 and 6.8 percentage points for the delayed entry (age 21‐24) and adult learner (over age 24) groups, respectively.
  • Six‐year completion rates for the fall of 2007 national cohort showed a gender gap of 6.7 percentage points in favor of women.
  • Seven‐year outcomes for the fall 2006 cohort showed a 4 percentage point increase (from 54.1 to 58.1 percent) in total completions over the six‐year rate reported in our 2012 completions report. Changes in percentages from the six‐ to seven‐year outcome show the advantages of tracking college students for a longer period.
  • Seventeen percent of two‐year starters completed a four‐year degree, and more than half of those did so without first receiving an associate’s degree.

Additional information in the report deals with Dual Enrollment Students:

This report introduced a significant enhancement to the student cohort under study by including, for the first time, those students who entered college with prior experience in college-level courses through dual enrollment opportunities while still in high school. Analysis of the postsecondary outcomes of former dual enrollment students showed a completion rate of 66 percent for this group, 12 percentage points higher than the completion rate for the students who had no prior dual enrollment experience in the fall 2007 entering cohort….The results show that including students with prior dual enrollments in the starting cohort clearly increases the observed national college completion rate.


Access the full report here:

Computer and Internet Usage in PA and US

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The PA State Data Center has shared the following research brief: Computer Usage in Pennsylvania and the United States

Highlights include:

-The number of households living in PA with Internet access has risen by 12% from 2007 to 2011 (U.S. Census Bureau)

-74.5% of PA residents in 2011 had Internet access (76.5% of U.S. residents had Internet access)

-The Northeast region of the U.S. has the highest percentage of residents with Internet access.

-76.2% of non- Hispanic White households and 82.7% of Asian households reported Internet use at home. This is in comparison to 58.3% of Hispanic households and 56.9% of Black households.

Additional information and data can be found in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Report which looks at Internet use and the rise of Smartphones:

Lehigh Valley Labor, Industry & Occupational Data: New PSLV Report

The Office of Institutional Planning at Penn State Lehigh Valley recently released a new report that provides an overview of Labor & Industry Data, High Priority Occupations, and Fields of Growth within the Lehigh Valley service area. The report is a compilation of resources and materials from various national, state, and local sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

Highlights of Labor & Industry Data, High Priority Occupations, and Projected Occupational Growth Fields for PSLV Service Area, 2010-2020/2040 include:

—Overall employment in the Lehigh Valley will grow 37.7%, adding 131,410 jobs to the local economy, from 2010-2040. The majority of industries in the Lehigh Valley will see gains in employment.

—There are 45 High Priority Occupations (HPOs) projected to have a 5% increase or more in total number from 2010 to 2020.

—23 of the 45 HPOs are within the Health Care field.

—The Health Care and Social Assistance sector is projected to gain the most jobs, followed by Professional and Business Services, and Construction, by 2040.

Additional service area data and demographics can be found on the Lehigh Valley Service Area Data webpage.

Interactive High School Graduation Rates Map

The Education Week website has a variety of resources and tools to explore High School Graduation Rates, including an online Interactive High School Graduation Rates Map which showcases graduation rates from 1999 through 2010 in a user-friendly data visualization.

The map links to state-wide information and even hones in on individual district information through the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center:

Also available are State Data Briefs and the Diplomas Count 2013 Full Report.

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Social Media Survey: Infographic on Demographics of Users

Data Source: Pew Research Center, The Demographics of Social Media Users 2012

Infographic Source: Docstoc Articles, April 2013

Lehigh Valley Holds on to Top 10 Economic Development Ranking

3D chrome Dollar symbolBy  Scott Kraus, Of The Morning Call, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 10:33 PM

“The Lehigh Valley hung on to its top 10 economic development status in Site Selection magazine’s 2012 ranking of metropolitan areas.

It’s the fifth consecutive year that the Lehigh Valley has broken into the top 10 in its category: metropolitan areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million. It ranked ninth in this year’s survey, down from fourth in 2011 and seventh in 2010.”

Access the complete article via The Morning Call website: