A factbox I had in today's Chapel Hill News story did not make it into the online version. Here it is below. You can also read the rest of the story here. The numbers come from the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year between 10-year censuses,
- Median household income in Orange County fell from $55,717 in 2008 to $50,159 in 2009. The median is the point where half the incomes were higher and half lower. The state median household income was $43,674, down from $46,244.
- 69 percent of workers 16 and older in Orange County drove alone to work; 9.3 percent carpooled; 7 percent took public transportation, and 5 percent walked. (The others worked at home or have other means og getting to their job.)
- The average commute for Orange County workers was 21.4 minutes.
- 89.2 percent of Orange County residents had health insurance; 10.8 percent had not health insurance.
- Of the insured, 80.4 percent had private insurance; 19.6 percent had public insurance.
Will the poverty and income stats reported in the latest Orange County census survey make it harder or easier to sell that quarter-cent sales tax referendum this fall? Are you for or against the tax increase. Tell us here or in a letter to email@example.com. Please include your name if you want your comments published in the paper. Thanks.