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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey

April 2016
Kelvin Pollard and Linda A. Jacobsen
Population Reference Bureau

This study examines state- and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy and housing tenure, education, labor force, employment and unemployment, income and poverty, health insurance coverage, disability status, migration patterns, and veteran status from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS) for the 13 Appalachian states. Information is summarized for five Appalachian subregions and five metro designations. The study includes ACS data topics that were in the 2010 decennial census, as well as others that are no longer available in the census, to provide a comparable time series of data for all counties in Appalachia. For the first time, this report compares two non-overlapping five-year periods and allows for the study of trends in the data.

Full Report in PDF: 12 MB

Supplementary Files

All Report Tables (Excel file: 500 KB)

All Report Maps (Zip file: 20 MB; includes 63 PNG files, approximately 400 KB each, and 1 TXT file)

Supplemental Tables and Charts: Socioeconomic Data by Educational Attainment Level

PDF (380 KB)  | PowerPoint (128 KB)  | Excel (321 KB)

Graphic: 17.1% of Appalachian residents identify with a minority racial or ethnic group   Graphic: 40.3 is the median age of Appalachia's population
Graphic: 17.2% of Appalachian residents live below the poverty level   Graphic: 9.7% of adults in Appalachia are military veterans
Graphic: 92.4% of working-age adults in Appalachia are employed   Graphic: 22.2% of Appalachians age 25+ have earned at least a bachelor's degree