Placer County, CA

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Population

386,166

1.48% growth

Median Age

42.1


Median Household Income

$80,728

5.5% decline

Poverty Rate

8.2%


Number of Employees

179,205

2.52% growth

Median Property Value

$468,400

5.9% growth

About

In 2017, Placer County, CA had a population of 386k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $80,728. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Placer County, CA grew from 380,531 to 386,166, a 1.48% increase and its median household income declined from $85,426 to $80,728, a -5.5% decrease.

The population of Placer County, CA is 72.7% White Alone, 14% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.57% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Placer County, CA speak a non-English language, and 95.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Placer County, CA are Sierra College (3,128 degrees awarded in 2016), William Jessup University (299 degrees), and InterCoast Colleges-Roseville (51 degrees).

The median property value in Placer County, CA is $468,400, and the homeownership rate is 71.7%. Most people in Placer County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Placer County, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Placer County, CA employs 179k people. The largest industries in Placer County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (27,647 people), Retail Trade (20,233 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (17,651 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($86,444), Utilities ($77,362), and Finance & Insurance ($76,966).

Median household income in Placer County, CA is $80,728. Males in Placer County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,658. The income inequality in Placer County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$80,728

2017 value

± $2,589

-5.5%

1 Year Growth

± 5.9%

Households in Placer County, CA have a median annual income of $80,728, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $85,426 in 2016, which represents a -5.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$75,050

Average Male Salary

± $702

$59,658

Average Female Salary

± $597

In 2017, full-time male employees in Placer County, CA made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Placer County, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $69,782 ± $1,103

  2. White

    $63,110 ± $578

  3. Two or More Races

    $51,776 ± $1,728

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Placer County, CA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Placer County, CA is from California.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.503

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 206.06

  2. Census Tract 225

  3. Census Tract 231

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Placer County, CA was Census Tract 206.06 with a value of $131,393, followed by Census Tract 225 and Census Tract 231, with respective values of $129,551 and $128,926.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Placer County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Placer County, CA (30.5k out of 372k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    23,718 ± 1,122

  2. Hispanic

    6,959 ± 662

  3. Other

    1,888 ± 358

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Placer County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

179k

2017 Value

± 6,782

2.52%

1 Year growth

± 5.24%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Placer County, CA grew at a rate of 2.52%, from 175k employees to 179k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Placer County, CA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (16,645 people), Retail Sales Workers Except Cashiers (6,009 people), and Registered Nurses (5,746 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Placer County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Placer County, CA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (16,645 people), Retail Sales Workers Except Cashiers (6,009 people), and Registered Nurses (5,746 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Placer County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Fishing & Hunting, & Forest, Conservation, & Logging Workers (6.26 times higher than expected), Preschool & Kinder (5.33 times), and First-Line Supervisors of Personal Care & Service Workers (3.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Placer County, CA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($97,936), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($92,426), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($91,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

179k

2017 Value

± 6,782

2.52%

1 Year growth

± 5.24%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Placer County, CA grew at a rate of 2.52%, from 175k employees to 179k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Placer County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (27,647 people), Retail Trade (20,233 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (17,651 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Placer County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Placer County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Placer County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (27,647 people), Retail Trade (20,233 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (17,651 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Placer County, CA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.73 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.56 times), and Utilities (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Placer County, CA, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($86,444), Utilities ($77,362), and Finance & Insurance ($76,966).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight with $157B and Gasoline and $127B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

96.4% of the population of Placer County, CA has health coverage, with 54.6% on employee plans, 11.5% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 1.35% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Placer County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Placer County, CA see 836 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.36% increase from the previous year (833 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 947 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 378 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

836 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Placer County, CA see an average of 836 patients per year. This represents a 0.36% increase from the previous year (833 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Placer County, CA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.6%

Uninsured

54.6%

Employer Coverage

11.5%

Medicaid

14.4%

Medicare

14.6%

Non-Group

1.35%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Placer County, CA declined by 10.5% from 4.02% to 3.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Placer County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Placer County, CA is home to a population of 386k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.5% of Placer County, CA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Placer County, CA is composed of 281k White Alone residents (72.7%), 54.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (14%), 29.2k Asian Alone residents (7.57%), 13.7k Two or More Races residents (3.54%), 5.95k Black or African American Alone residents (1.54%), 1.76k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.456%), 496 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.128%), and 211 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0546%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Placer County, CA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Placer County, CA was 42.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Placer County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Placer County, CA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10.5% of Placer County, CA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Placer County, CA was 10.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,079,391 ± 46,960 people

  2. Philippines

    859,594 ± 22,514 people

  3. China

    683,330 ± 20,119 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Placer County, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 Placer County, CA residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

95.7%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.7% of Placer County, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Placer County, CA was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    281k ± 161

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    54.2k ± 5.86k

  3. Asian Alone

    29.2k ± 1.71k

In 2017, there were 5.17 times more White Alone residents (281k people) in Placer County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 54.2k Hispanic or Latino and 29.2k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Placer County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Placer County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Placer County, CA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Placer County, CA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,316 ± 1,241

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,168 ± 1,001

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,952 ± 869

Placer County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.24 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Placer County, CA awarded 3,514 degrees. The student population of Placer County, CA is skewed towards women, with 8,642 male students and 10,558 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Placer County, CA are White (2,172 and 62.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (798 and 23.1%), Asian (215 and 6.22%), and Two or More Races (130 and 3.76%).

The largest universities in Placer County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Sierra College (3,128 and 89%), William Jessup University (299 and 8.51%), and InterCoast Colleges-Roseville (51 and 1.45%).

The most popular majors in Placer County, CA are General Social Sciences (483 and 13.7%), General Business Administration & Management (434 and 12.4%), and Biological & Physical Sciences (405 and 11.5%).

The median tuition costs in Placer County, CA are $28,300 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 405 degrees awarded

  2. 359 degrees awarded

  3. 483 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Placer County, CA was Biological & Physical Sciences with 405 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Placer County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,128 degrees awarded

  2. 299 degrees awarded

  3. 51 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$28,300

Median Private

In 2016, the Placer County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Sierra College with 3,128 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,499

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,015

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,499 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Placer County, CA, which is 0.744 times less than the 2,015 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Placer County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,172 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    798 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    215 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Placer County, CA were to White students. These 2,172 degrees mean that there were 2.72 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 798 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Placer County, CA was $468,400 in 2017, which is 2.15 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $442,300 to $468,400, a 5.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Placer County, CA is 71.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Placer County, CA have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Placer County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$80,728

Median Household Income

± $2,589

144k

Number of Households

± 5,711

In 2017, the median household income of the 144k households in Placer County, CA declined from $80,728 from the previous year's value of $85,426.

The following chart displays the households in Placer County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$468,400

2017 Median

± $7,063

$442,300

2016 Median

± $8,088

In 2017, the median property value in Placer County, CA grew to to $468,400 from the previous year's value of $442,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Placer County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Placer County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Placer County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Placer County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

71.7%

2017 Homeownership

71.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.7% of the housing units in Placer County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Placer County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Placer County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Placer County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

25 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Placer County, CA have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.47% of the workforce in Placer County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.8%

  2. Worked At Home

    10.4%

  3. Carpooled

    6.14%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Placer County, CA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Worked At Home and those who Carpooled.

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