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Demographics

In 2013, there were an estimated 379,207 children and youth below the age of 24 living in Travis County comprising 34% of the population, and 261,404 children, or 23% of the population, below the age of 18. Children and youth were about evenly distributed among the age groups shown below. The share of children and youth under 24 living in the community has remained relatively constant since 2006, at about a third of the population.
 

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Definition: Population in a given age group as a percent of total population, Travis County

Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data.

 

 

Race and Ethnicity

The Under 18 population is more likely to identify as Hispanic or Latino than the overall population and less likely to identify as White Alone. In 2013, people identifying as Hispanic made up 47% of the under 18 population, compared to 34% of the overall population. Children were less likely to identify as White Alone– 35% of the under 18 population compared to about half of the overall population.

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Definition: Race and Ethnicity of the Under 18 Population

Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data.

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Definition: Race and Ethnicity of the Total Population

Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data.

Children in Poverty

The percent of children in poverty has largely returned to pre-Recession levels in local jurisdictions, in contrast to the nation as a whole, which has seen its child poverty rate remain high following the recession. Nevertheless, a significant share of local children live in families with incomes below the poverty thresholds. About a fifth, 18%, of children in the 5-county Greater Austin area, 22% of children in Travis County, and 24% of children in the City of Austin have incomes below the poverty level.

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Definition: Percent of the under 18 population living in families with incomes below 100% of federal poverty thresholds. Federal Poverty Thresholds, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau can be accessed here.

Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data.

Children in Poverty by County

The percent of children in poverty varies across the Austin Metropolitan Area. Children in Bastrop County area most likely to live in families with incomes below poverty thresholds, with a third of children (33%), experiencing poverty. Children in Williamson County are least likely to experience poverty, with only 9% of children living in families with poverty-level incomes.

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Definition: Percent of the under 18 population living in families with incomes below 100% of federal poverty thresholds, by county, for 4 counties in the Austin Metro Area. Federal Poverty Thresholds, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau can be accessed here.

Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data.

Where Children Live

A majority of children (67%) in Travis County live in married-couple family households. Most of the remaining third of children lives in families headed by a single female. Children in households headed by a single female make up about a quarter, 26% of children in the county. Another 6% of children live in households headed by a single male. About 1% of children live in non-family households. Primarily, this consists of children placed in foster homes.

Family makeup may influence other indicators on the Dashboard. Households headed by a single adults have higher rates of poverty than households headed by married couples. In 2013, 43% of households headed by single females lived in poverty, compared to only 13% of married-couple-headed households. Households headed by single males experience slightly lower rates of poverty than single-female-headed households, 26% compared to 43%.

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Definition: Share of children living in each type of household

Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data.

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Definition: Percent of the under 18 population living in families with incomes below 100% of federal poverty thresholds, by county, by household type. Federal Poverty Thresholds, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau can be accessed here.

Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data.

Languages Spoken

Two-thirds of children in Travis County, 64%, speak English only at home. Nearly all of the remaining third, 31%, speak Spanish at home. About 3% speak Asian and Pacific Islander languages at home.

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Definition: Share of children, ages 5 to 17, who primarily speak each language type at home. A breakdown of the languages included in each grouping is available at: www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/language/
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Data Source: American Community Survey,1-year Estimates

Data Considerations: The American Community Survey samples 3% of the Nation’s population. Due to small sample sizes, margins of error are increased and hard to reach populations may not be accurately represented in the data. The American Community Survey question asks respondents to provide the language they speak at home. Children may be fluent in another language that is not the language predominantly spoken at home.