A nationwide survey administered by the US Census Bureau indicates Milpitas residents are faring slightly better economically than the average of Santa Clara County.
American Community Survey was released this month.
The unemployment level in Milpitas is lower than that of Santa Clara County—5.1 percent in the city compared to 6.7 percent overall in the county. Also, year-by-year data shows the county's unemployment rate dropped from 2010 to 2011. It was 7.5 percent in the county in 2010.
About 7 percent of Milpitas residents lived in poverty in 2011. Among that, more than 4.3 percent of families were below the poverty level. Across the county, more than 7 percent of people were below the poverty level in 2011. That's up almost 2 percent since 2008.
The mean family income in Milpitas, at more than $87,000, was nearly $3,000 higher than the average for the entire county.
The survey also showed that the biggest employers in the county remained constant over the past several years. They included manufacturing; Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services; and educational services, and health care and social assistance.
The American Community Survey is a nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide communities with demographic, social, economic, and housing data every year. The California State Data Center generates reports and tabulations from data files released by the U.S. Census Bureau. See more online here.