I listened to a comment about the median household income in Trego – and defaulted to my professional statement before retirement – “That’s American Community Survey data, and it’s not very good for small communities.” When I checked it, the $36,458 median household income for Trego translates as “somewhere between $27,478 and $45,438. ACS data has its uses, but it has to be used with a lot of caution.
So here’s a little ACS data on our communities – you can check for margin of error (MOE) here. I wouldn’t recommend using any of the numbers without reviewing MOE – but just sharing the data shows the variance. It’s safe to admit that my household was one selected for the ACS. With two retirees at home, I didn’t hurt Trego’s school enrollment rate, I raised the percentage of bachelors degree or above, kept the employment rate down, and raised the median age.
|Trego CDP||Fortine CDP||Eureka CCD||Rexford Town|
|Median Household Income||$36,458||$68,036||$40,827||$30,481|
|Bachelor’s Degree or more||26.10%||19.20%||22.40%||0.00%|
|Occupied Housing Units||237||144||2,796||46|
|Children under 18||9.30%||32.50%||22.10%||13%|
It looks like the Fortine sample drew some younger respondents. Eureka CCD with a larger population and larger sample is probably closer to correct, and the town of Rexford data is probably close to useless because the small sample size almost guarantees sampling bias