More, Perhaps, Than You Ever Needed To Know
About America's Amazing Geography
Some Who, What, Where in our USA
Maricopa County reported the most building permits (43,056) of any county in the nation for new private housing units in 2000. Alcona County, Mich., (89.9 percent), had the highest percentage of owner-occupied housing units that year.
More than one-third of the people in Charlotte County, Fla., were age 65 or older in 2000, the highestpercentage in the nation; the lowest, 1.8 percent, was inChattahoochee County, Ga.
Wade Hampton census area, Alaska, had the nation's highestpercentage of persons under age 18 in 2000, 46.6 percent. Kalawao County, Hawaii, had the lowest, 2.0 percent.
Among larger cities those with 100,000 or more people:
- Gilbert, Ariz., grew faster than any other city between 1990 and 2000 at 266 percent, while St. Louis lost 12 percent, the most of any large city.
- New York City, with more than 26,000 people per square mile, was the most crowded city in 2000. Anchorage residents had considerably more elbow room, with 153 people per square mile, the fewest of any large city.
- Three cities in California had the highest unemployment rate in 2000: Fresno, Salinas and Stockton allwere above 10 percent. Two cities in Michigan had the lowest: Ann Arbor and Livonia, with slightly more than 1 percent.
- More than 4-in-10 people in Washington, D.C., lived alone in 2000, the highest ratio of any city, followed closely by nearby Alexandria, Va. Three cities in California had the lowest ratio of one-person households: the ratio in Moreno Valley, El Monte and Fontana was 1-in-10.
- More than 75 percent of housing units in Newark, N.J., wereoccupied by renters in 2000, the highest proportion in the nation. Livonia, Mich., had the lowest rate at 11 percent.
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