San Benito County, CA

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Population

58,671

1.07% growth

Median Age

35.4


Median Household Income

$80,760

9.41% growth

Poverty Rate

9.72%


Number of Employees

27,688

3.95% growth

Median Property Value

$459,700

8.65% growth

About

In 2017, San Benito County, CA had a population of 58.7k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $80,760. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of San Benito County, CA grew from 58,051 to 58,671, a 1.07% increase and its median household income grew from $73,814 to $80,760, a 9.41% increase.

The population of San Benito County, CA is 58.9% Hispanic or Latino, 35.6% White Alone, and 2.67% Asian Alone. 38.6% of the people in San Benito County, CA speak a non-English language, and 88.1% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in San Benito County, CA is $459,700, and the homeownership rate is 63.7%. Most people in San Benito County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.9 minutes. The average car ownership in San Benito County, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of San Benito County, CA employs 27.7k people. The largest industries in San Benito County, CA are Retail Trade (3,430 people), Manufacturing (3,161 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,151 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($100,700), Utilities ($82,578), and Public Administration ($65,875).

Median household income in San Benito County, CA is $80,760. Males in San Benito County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in San Benito County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$80,760

2017 value

± $3,889

9.41%

1 Year Growth

± 6.39%

Households in San Benito County, CA have a median annual income of $80,760, 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 $73,814 in 2016, which represents a 9.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in San Benito 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 San Benito 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

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of San Benito County, CA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 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 San Benito County, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 8.01

  2. Census Tract 6

  3. Census Tract 5.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in San Benito County, CA was Census Tract 8.01 with a value of $101,792, followed by Census Tract 6 and Census Tract 5.01, with respective values of $95,187 and $91,007.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.72% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in San Benito County, CA (5.67k out of 58.3k 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 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males < 5.

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

    4,912 ± 529

  2. Hispanic

    4,248 ± 482

  3. Other

    493 ± 173

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in San Benito 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

27.7k

2017 Value

± 1,105

3.95%

1 Year growth

± 5.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in San Benito County, CA grew at a rate of 3.95%, from 26.6k employees to 27.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in San Benito County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,342 people), Management Occupations (2,769 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,761 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of San Benito County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of San Benito County, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,342 people), Management Occupations (2,769 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,761 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Benito County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.57 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.73 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.72 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of San Benito County, CA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($101,635), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($97,964), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($95,739).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

27.7k

2017 Value

± 1,105

3.95%

1 Year growth

± 5.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in San Benito County, CA grew at a rate of 3.95%, from 26.6k employees to 27.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in San Benito County, CA, are Retail Trade (3,430 people), Manufacturing (3,161 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,151 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of San Benito County, CA, though some of these residents may live in San Benito 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 San Benito County, CA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (3,430 people), Manufacturing (3,161 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,151 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Benito County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.25 times higher than expected), Construction (1.72 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in San Benito County, CA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($100,700), Utilities ($82,578), and Public Administration ($65,875).

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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

90.4% of the population of San Benito County, CA has health coverage, with 49.8% on employee plans, 21.7% on Medicaid, 8.3% on Medicare, 9.61% on non-group plans, and 0.925% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in San Benito County, CA see 2940 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.927% increase from the previous year (2913 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1917 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1080 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

2,940 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in San Benito County, CA see an average of 2,940 patients per year. This represents a 0.927% increase from the previous year (2,913 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in San Benito 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%).

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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

9.64%

Uninsured

49.8%

Employer Coverage

21.7%

Medicaid

8.3%

Medicare

9.61%

Non-Group

0.925%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in San Benito County, CA declined by 15.3% from 11.4% to 9.64%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in San Benito 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

San Benito County, CA is home to a population of 58.7k people, from which 88.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 20.5% of San Benito County, CA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of San Benito County, CA is composed of 34.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (58.9%), 20.9k White Alone residents (35.6%), 1.56k Asian Alone residents (2.67%), 879 Two or More Races residents (1.5%), 437 Black or African American Alone residents (0.745%), 178 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.303%), 93 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.159%), and 87 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.148%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in San Benito County, CA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (18,938 speakers), Tagalog (329 speakers), and Other Indic Languages (221 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

47

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in San Benito County, CA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 47. But people in San Benito County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all San Benito County, CA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

20.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 20.5% of San Benito County, CA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in San Benito County, CA was 19.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of San Benito County, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 San Benito County, CA residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

88.1%

2017 Citizenship

88.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.1% of San Benito County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in San Benito County, CA was 88.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    34.6k ± 1.34k

  2. White Alone

    20.9k ± 34

  3. Asian Alone

    1.56k ± 117

In 2017, there were 1.66 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (34.6k people) in San Benito County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.9k White Alone and 1.56k 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 San Benito County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    18,938 speakers (35.4%)

  2. Tagalog

    329 speakers (0.614%)

  3. Other Indic Languages

    221 speakers (0.413%)

38.6% of San Benito County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in San Benito County, CA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 35.4% of the overall population of San Benito County, CA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.614% speak Tagalog and 0.413% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    955 ± 137

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    411 ± 134

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    225 ± 86

San Benito County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in San Benito County, CA was $459,700 in 2017, which is 2.11 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $423,100 to $459,700, a 8.65% increase. The homeownership rate in San Benito County, CA is 63.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in San Benito County, CA have an average commute time of 32.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in San Benito 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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$80,760

Median Household Income

± $3,889

17.4k

Number of Households

± 778

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.4k households in San Benito County, CA grew to $80,760 from the previous year's value of $73,814.

The following chart displays the households in San Benito 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

$459,700

2017 Median

± $8,439

$423,100

2016 Median

± $12,325

In 2017, the median property value in San Benito County, CA grew to to $459,700 from the previous year's value of $423,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in San Benito 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 San Benito 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 San Benito County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Benito County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63.7%

2017 Homeownership

62.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.7% of the housing units in San Benito County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in San Benito 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 San Benito County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in San Benito County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

32.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in San Benito County, CA have a longer commute time (32.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 7.98% of the workforce in San Benito County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    13.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.42%

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

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