Community data is a key tool in planning for economic growth: Data can help leaders identify opportunities and trends, make resource decisions, and build stronger, better-informed action plans.
To help Appalachian communities build more data-driven development strategies, ARC and the Population Reference Bureau created The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2012–2016 American Community Survey, offering insights on socioeconomic and demographic change in Appalachia at the regional, subregional, state, and county levels.
Pulling data from the 2012–2016 American Community Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates, the report explores Appalachian trends in a broad range of topics including population, age, race and ethnicity, education, labor force and employment, income and poverty, housing, and others.
The report includes data tables and maps as well as trend analyses—resources that community leaders and development planners can use to shape strategies for stronger local economies.
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Fact sheets: See some of the trends in Appalachian population, education, employment, and income and poverty: