Census data shows population, median incomes, unemployment trends in the Bay Area
The data released March 17 by the US Census Bureau includes information from its five-year estimates of the annual community survey for 2016-2020, including the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the bureau, the pandemic has caused disruptions in its data collection, and the bureau has revised its methodology to reduce bias resulting from nonresponse in 2020.
This new data revealed population decline in Clear Lake but growth in League City.
ZIP Codes 77058, 77059, and 77062, which are in Clear Lake, have decreased from 61,408 in 2015 to 58,991 in 2020. ZIP Code 77565, which includes Clear Lake Shores, Kemah, and an eastern portion of League City, is fell from 6,376 to 6,953, according to the data.
The 77573 postcode, which makes up most of League City, fell from 79,435 to 91,454 from 2015 to 2020, the data shows.
The median age of residents also changed by postal code. The median age of ZIP Codes 77058 and 77573 decreased slightly from 2015, while the rest increased. The biggest increase was recorded in the 77565 zip code, according to the data.
Most postcodes are more educated on average than they were in 2015.
About 44.9% of ZIP Code 77058 residents age 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree, up from 40.9% in 2015. For ZIP Code 77062, those numbers are 50.6% and 46.1, respectively. %, and for postal code 77573, the figures are 48.7% and 43.4%, respectively.
ZIP codes 77059 saw a decline from 70% in 2015 to 69.1% in 2020, and ZIP code 77565 also saw a decline from 40.1% in 2015 to 39.5% in 2020, according to the data.
Median incomes per household have mostly increased, although there has been a decline from 2015 to 2020 for ZIP Code 77565.
Finally, unemployment rates fell for almost all postal codes. ZIP codes 77058, 77062, and 77565 saw declines of 8.4% to 7%, 8.3% to 5.7%, and 6.1% to 5% from 2015 to 2020, respectively.
Meanwhile, ZIP codes 77059 and 77573 saw unemployment rates rise from 4.9% to 6.4% and 3.6% to 3.8% from 2015 to 2020, respectively, according to the data.