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Is it possible to compare demographic data from one year to the next?

Last Published: September 14, 2023

Answer

Continuous improvements to methodologies and input data preclude comparisons to prior vintages of Esri Updated Demographics. In addition, boundary changes hinder temporal comparability.

Esri strongly encourages all users to migrate to the most current vintage of Esri Updated Demographics. Current vintage data leverages the most relevant input data, universe bases, geography, and apportionment weights. Esri Updated Demographics represent a July 1 point-in-time estimate of current population, housing, and characteristics. Updated Demographics are released for the current-year and five-year projection only and not as a time series that smooths change out over an estimate horizon.

Users that are interested in year-over-year change should refer to Esri Vintage Time Series Totals. This data is designed to show temporal change from the estimate base to the current vintage for total population, households, and housing units. Learn more:

2022 Time Series (Esri) 
2022 Population Time Series (Esri) 
TSPOP20_CY2020 Total Population (Esri 2022)
TSPOP21_CY2021 Total Population (Esri 2022)
TOTPOP_CY2022 Total Population (Esri)
2022 Household Time Series (Esri) 
TSHH20_CY2020 Total Households (Esri 2022)
TSHH21_CY2021 Total Households (Esri 2022)
TOTHH_CY2022 Total Households (Esri)
2022 Housing Unit Time Series (Esri) 
TSHU20_CY2020 Total Housing Units (Esri 2022)
TSHU21_CY2021 Total Housing Units (Esri 2022)
TOTHU_CY2022 Total Housing Units (Esri)

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