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General Government National Trend Report (Sample)

Last updated on 2018-11-02

Service Area Overview

Jurisdictional demographics, or general government data points, measure basic jurisdictional characteristics and trends.  Population, land area, income levels, employment, and housing are fundamental measures, which may affect internal and external data collection and reporting.  Measures of general government are overseen most directly by the manager's office, which acts as the liaison between elected officials and administration.  The manager's office approves the budget and oversees all departments within a jurisdiction.  General government data points may also assist in interpretation of interjurisdictional comparisons, and trends over time.  

Influencing Factors Include

  • Jurisdictional Boundaries:  Trends and benchmarks in basic demographics are largely influenced by development and growth patterns, which are often dependent upon a jurisdiction's ability to annex adjacent or unincorporated land.
  • Cost of Living:  How expensive it is to live in a jurisdiction varies greatly.  The average cost of housing, food, taxes, and healthcare, in relation to average annual wages or salary levels within a certain city jurisdiction.  Trends in population can be affected by shifting costs of living in neighboring jurisdictions.
  • Organizational Structures:  Depending on jurisdictional population numbers, certain service areas may dedicate an entire department, or professionals within a department, to certain service areas.
  • Contract Services:  Depending on jurisdictional population numbers, certain services may be provided through contracts with neighboring communities, or public/private partnerships with a private contractor.  Large communities, or regional organizations encompassing many jurisdictions, may provide services to neighboring jurisdictions, and smaller communities may provide services through contracts with neighboring communities.

 

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Footnotes

Median Household Income

Median Household Income: Median household income for each community. Source: Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates.

National Peers: Austin, Bettendorf, Bowling Green, Branson, Charles County, Clayton, Columbia, Dallas, Denison, Dublin, Fairfax County, Farmers Branch, Goodyear , Grandview, Greer, Harrisonville, Hermosa Beach, Irving, Johnson City, Kansas City, Kennesaw, La Vista, McAllen, McKinney, Mesa, Miami-Dade County, Midland, Milton, Milwaukee County, New Orleans, Newton, Oklahoma City, Olathe, Orland Park, Oshkosh, Raleigh, Rancho Cucamonga, Richmond Heights, Sarasota County, Savannah, Scottsdale, Tamarac, Texarkana, Tracy, Windsor

Unemployment Rate

National Peers: Albany, Austin, Bettendorf, Bowling Green, Branson, Charles County, Clayton, Columbia, Dallas, Dublin, Fairfax County, Farmers Branch, Fort Worth, Goodyear , Grandview, Greer, Hermosa Beach, Irving, Kansas City, Kennesaw, La Vista, McAllen, Mesa, Miami-Dade County, Midland, Milton, Milwaukee County, New Orleans, Newton, Novi, Oklahoma City, Olathe, Orland Park, Oshkosh, Raleigh, Rancho Cucamonga, Richmond Heights, Savannah, Scottsdale, Tamarac, Tracy, Windsor

Percentile of Population 17 or Under

Percentage of Population 17 or Under (Juvenile): Percentage of population 17 or under (Juvenile)

National Peers: Austin, Bettendorf, Bowling Green, Branson, Charles County, Clayton, Columbia, Dallas, Denison, Fairfax County, Farmers Branch, Goodyear , Greer, Hermosa Beach, Irving, La Vista, McAllen, McKinney, Mesa, Miami-Dade County, Midland, Milton, Newton, Oklahoma City, Orland Park, Oshkosh, Raleigh, Rancho Cucamonga, Richmond Heights, San Antonio, Savannah, Scottsdale, Suwanee, Tamarac, Windsor

Percentage of Population (>=25) with Bachelor's Degree or Higher

Percentage of Population (>= 25) with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: Percentage of population (>= 25) w/bachelor's degree or higher

National Peers: Austin, Bettendorf, Bowling Green, Charles County, Clayton, Columbia, Dallas, Denison, Fairfax County, Farmers Branch, Goodyear , Greer, Hermosa Beach, Irving, La Vista, McAllen, McKinney, Mesa, Miami-Dade County, Midland, Milton, Newton, Novi, Olathe, Orland Park, Oshkosh, Raleigh, Rancho Cucamonga, Richmond Heights, San Antonio, Savannah, Scottsdale, Tamarac, Windsor

Median Household Income vs. Education Rate

Percentage of Population (>= 25) with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: Percentage of population (>= 25) w/bachelor's degree or higher

Median Household Income: Median household income for each community. Source: Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates.

Residential Population of Jurisdiction: To be reported based on American Community Survey, state department of finance, council of governments, local planning department, or other sources; figures released within the past 24 months.

National Peers: Austin (TX), Bettendorf (IA), Bowling Green (KY), Charles County (MD), Columbia (MO), Dallas (TX), Denison (TX), Fairfax County (VA), Farmers Branch (TX), Goodyear (AZ), Greer (SC), Hermosa Beach (CA), La Vista (NE), McAllen (TX), McKinney (TX), Mesa (AZ), Miami-Dade County (FL), Midland (MI), Milton (GA), Olathe (KS), Orland Park (IL), Oshkosh (WI), Raleigh (NC), Rancho Cucamonga (CA), Richmond Heights (MO), Savannah (GA), Scottsdale (AZ), Tamarac (FL), Windsor (CT).

Sq. Miles of Land Served vs. Government Service Quality

Square Miles of Land Area Served: Land area only.

Survey: Quality of All Local Government Services: % Excellent or Good: To be calculated as the sum of those responding to a resident survey on the quality of all government services being "Excellent" or "Good," divided by the sum of all those expressing an opinion (Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor).  Exclude those who indicated "Don't know" or did not respond.   (NOTE: This is an expansion on the originally-proposed question that reflected "Excellent" responses only.).  Survey data should only be reported if the survey was conducted within the past 24 months.

Residential Population of Jurisdiction: To be reported based on American Community Survey, state department of finance, council of governments, local planning department, or other sources; figures released within the past 24 months.

National Peers: Austin (TX), Columbia (MO), Dallas (TX), Denison (TX), Dublin (OH), Goodyear (AZ), Grandview (MO), Greer (SC), McAllen (TX), Oklahoma City (OK).