The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that the Atlanta metro area’s median household income and poverty rate were not statistically different from the year before, while the uninsured rate decreased.

According to the 2012 American Community Survey, the median household income in the Atlanta metro area was $54,628 in 2012, which was not statistically different from $53,681 in 2011. In addition, 16.6 percent of people in the Atlanta area were in poverty in 2012, which was not statistically different from 16.8 percent in 2011. In 2012, 18.4 percent of the area’s population lacked health insurance coverage, a decrease from 19.7 percent in 2011.

Across all U.S. metro areas, median household income was $53,607 in 2012 (not statistically different from $53,545 in 2011), the poverty rate remained at 15.5 percent, and the uninsured rate decreased from 15.0 percent to 14.7 percent since 2011. The Atlanta area’s median household income for 2011 was not statistically different from the 2011 income for all U.S. metro areas. (Table CP03)

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country — including the Atlanta area. The American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.

The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Other selected highlights for the Atlanta metro area (compared with all U.S. metro areas):

Education

In 2012, 53.5 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds were enrolled in school, which was not statistically different from 51.3 percent in 2011. Nationally, 48.7 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds living in metro areas were enrolled in school in 2012, which was not statistically different from 48.4 percent in 2011. The 2011 rate for the Atlanta area was not statistically different from the 2011 rate for all U.S. metro areas.

Among the Atlanta area’s 25-and-older population, 87.8 percent had completed high school or more in 2012, an increase from 87.1 percent in 2011. Among all U.S. metro areas, 86.7 percent were high school graduates or higher, an increase from 86.3 percent in 2011.

Meanwhile, 35.3 percent of the Atlanta area’s 25-and-older population had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2012, not statistically different from 34.5 percent in 2011. Nationally, 31.2 percent had a bachelor’s degree in 2012, up from 30.6 percent in 2011.

Housing

In 2012, the median value for an owner-occupied home in the Atlanta metro area was $160,800, a decrease from $166,100 in 2011. Across all U.S. metro areas, homes had a median value of $188,300 in 2012, a decrease from $191,000 in 2011.

In 2012, the median gross rent (rent plus utilities) was $929, not statistically different from $935 in 2011. Renters in metro areas across the U.S. paid $925 in 2012, not statistically different from $927 in 2011. Median rent for the Atlanta area in 2012 and 2011 was not statistically different from the 2012 and 2011 median rents for all U.S. metro areas.

For more stats, visit census.gov.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.