A broad range of 2009 census data released Tuesday offers glimpses into life in the Tampa Bay area.
The new information is among the Census Bureau's most detailed release yet for neighborhoods, pending demographic results from the official 2010 census next spring. Some highlights:
Diversity: The Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has become more diverse. The percentage of the population that is African-American increased from 10.9 percent in 2006 to 11.9 percent in 2009. The Hispanic population grew from 13.8 percent in 2006 to 15.1 percent last year.
Travel to work: In the bay area, 81 percent of workers drove to work alone, 9 percent carpooled, 1 percent took public transportation and 3 percent used other means. The remaining 6 percent worked at home. It took commuters an average of 25.3 minutes to get to work.
Income: The median income of households was $44,024. Among households, 73 percent received earnings and 20 percent received retirement income other than Social Security; 34 percent received Social Security, and the average income from that was $15,527. Some households received income from more than one source.
Poverty: Fourteen percent of people were living in poverty; 20 percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 9 percent of people 65 and older. Those below poverty level included 10 percent of all families and 26 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present.
Education: Eighty-seven percent of people 25 years and older had at least graduated from high school; 25 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. Fourteen percent were dropouts.