Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK

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Population

9,439

0.872% decline

Median Age

40


Median Household Income

$86,019

4.25% growth

Poverty Rate

7.45%


Number of Employees

4,755

5.25% growth

Median Property Value

$252,200

10.7% growth

About

In 2017, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK had a population of 9.44k people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $86,019. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK declined from 9,522 to 9,439, a -0.872% decrease and its median household income grew from $82,511 to $86,019, a 4.25% increase.

The population of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is 70.2% White Alone, 13.3% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 8.09% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is $252,200, and the homeownership rate is 73.4%. Most people in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 10.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK employs 4.76k people. The largest industries in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK are Public Administration (753 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (679 people), and Educational Services (406 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($86,759), Manufacturing ($81,429), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($74,600).

Median household income in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is $86,019. Males in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$86,019

2017 value

± $5,533

4.25%

1 Year Growth

± 7.23%

Households in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK have a median annual income of $86,019, 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 $82,511 in 2016, which represents a 4.25% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Alaska 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 2

  2. Census Tract 3

  3. Census Tract 1

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was Census Tract 2 with a value of $86,111, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $79,375 and $44,792.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.45% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK (694 out of 9.32k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

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. Native American

    397 ± 155

  2. White

    232 ± 113

  3. Asian

    31 ± 58

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is Native American, followed by White and Asian.

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

4.76k

2017 Value

± 532

5.25%

1 Year growth

± 14.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK grew at a rate of 5.25%, from 4.52k employees to 4.76k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (780 people), Management Occupations (603 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (516 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (780 people), Management Occupations (603 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (516 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (16.1 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (5.75 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.99 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($145,455), Production Occupations ($93,456), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($86,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.76k

2017 Value

± 532

5.25%

1 Year growth

± 14.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK grew at a rate of 5.25%, from 4.52k employees to 4.76k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK, are Public Administration (753 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (679 people), and Educational Services (406 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK, though some of these residents may live in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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 Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK, by number of employees, are Public Administration (753 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (679 people), and Educational Services (406 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (12.1 times higher than expected), Public Administration (3.39 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK, by median earnings, are Utilities ($86,759), Manufacturing ($81,429), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($74,600).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.8B

  2. $4.7B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $40.8B, followed by Gasoline ($4.7B) and Fuel oils ($3.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$64.6B

2015 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

15.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alaska trade was $64.6B. This is expected to increase 15.5% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska 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 Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $7.35B

  3. $1.53B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $17.7B, followed by Washington with $7.35B and Utah and $1.53B.

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

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Health

83.4% of the population of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK has health coverage, with 51.5% on employee plans, 7.89% on Medicaid, 8.2% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK see 1337 patients per year on average, which represents a 15.4% decrease from the previous year (1581 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2339 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1871 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,337 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK see an average of 1,337 patients per year. This represents a 15.4% decrease from the previous year (1,581 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

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

16.6%

Uninsured

51.5%

Employer Coverage

7.89%

Medicaid

8.2%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

1.72%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK declined by 20.7% from 20.9% to 16.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

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

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Diversity

Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is home to a population of 9.44k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.85% of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK residents were born outside of the country (458 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is composed of 6.63k White Alone residents (70.2%), 1.25k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (13.3%), 764 Two or More Races residents (8.09%), 453 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.8%), 267 Asian Alone residents (2.83%), 58 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.614%), 13 Black or African American Alone residents (0.138%), and 3 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0318%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was 40. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.85%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

458 people

5.27%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

502 people

As of 2017, 4.85% of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK residents (458 people) 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 Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was 5.27%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    6.63k ± 25

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.25k ± 180

  3. Two or More Races

    764 ± 228

In 2017, there were 5.29 times more White Alone residents (6.63k people) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.25k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 764 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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 Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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. Gulf War (2001-)

    405 ± 179

  2. Vietnam

    388 ± 104

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    173 ± 103

Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was $252,200 in 2017, which is 1.16 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $227,900 to $252,200, a 10.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is 73.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK have an average commute time of 10.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$86,019

Median Household Income

± $5,533

2.85k

Number of Households

± 324

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.85k households in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK grew to $86,019 from the previous year's value of $82,511.

The following chart displays the households in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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

$252,200

2017 Median

± $24,296

$227,900

2016 Median

± $31,615

In 2017, the median property value in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK grew to to $252,200 from the previous year's value of $227,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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 Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

73.4%

2017 Homeownership

71.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.4% of the housing units in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK 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 Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

10.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK have a shorter commute time (10.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.69% of the workforce in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67.1%

  2. Walked

    16.1%

  3. Carpooled

    9.86%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK was Drove Alone, followed by those who Walked and those who Carpooled.

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