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New 2016 Data Offers Amazing Details About Any Location on the current population density, racial & ethnic diversity, average household income, housing units, percentages that are owner occupied or rented, average home values & more.

Easy-to-use comparison tools help you find out how your state, city, county, ZIP Code, or neighborhood compares to others by population, racial & ethnic diversity, or average household income.

What Google® has done for map detail, (HTL) has done for neighborhood demographic detail. Anyone can zoom in on any specific address or location on HTL and see an amazing level of detail that is highly accurate and current.

Anyone can check out their neighborhood, or any, and zoom in on detail that goes as close as the Census Block Group, which is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting certain types of data. The Census Block Group is “generally defined to contain between 600 and 3,000 people”, according to the US Census Bureau.

The data is freshly updated. Current demographic updates along with forecasts for 2021 have just been released on July 1, 2016 and are now available on HTL.


A better geographic and demographic understanding of a changing world and neighborhoods can be helpful for everyone. has several tools that can quickly help people gain perspective and answer different types of questions.

1. Compare Different Places

How does a state, city, county, ZIP Code, or neighborhood compare to others by population, population density, racial & ethnic diversity, or average household income?

Simply use either:
a. The Demographic Data Comparison Tool for State Comparisons, or

b. The Selected City, Town, County or ZIP Code Data tool for national rankings, or

c. State Specific Tools for within state comparisons. The Florida Census Data Comparison Tool is one example.

2. Housing in Any Location

How many housing units are there in a city, town, ZIP Code or Census Block Group? How many of them are Owner Occupied, Renter Occupied or Vacant? Also, what are the average home values and median home values in these same geographic subunits?

To find these answers, simply review the “Data & Demographics” section of any of the 29,296 Community Profiles in There is a specific, detailed profile for every incorporated city, town, village or Census Designated Place (CDP) within the US. Here is an example: Vero Beach, Florida Community Profile. Note that the “Data, Demographics and Peer Comparison Rankings” are in the lower portion of the page beneath the boundary map.

3. Political Subdivisions in Any Location

If one were to purchase a home at [enter Street Address, City and State], what political subdivisions would he or she be living in? What city, town, village, township, county and congressional district? What public schools serve that area?

To answer political subdivision questions, simply use the “Address Based Hyperlocal” Tool. These Neighborhood Data input forms are found on the homepage of each state gazetteer, on the first page of all 29,296 Community Profiles and on the home page for When you input a specific address on one of these forms, you get reports and linked resources such as this example for Sherman, IL. You'll also get a customized searchable map and a customized directory that are based on the geographic coordinates for the address.


What is the population density, racial & ethnic diversity, and average household income in a local area? How many housing units are there? How many are owner occupied or rented, and what is the average home value?

A skilled Internet researcher would probably be able to answer these types of questions with ten to twenty minutes of research effort. With the tools available on, anyone can answer these questions with a minimum of time and effort.

Reference an HTL blog post on these tools.


HomeTownLocator®, produced by HTL, Inc., is a series of 50 state gazetteers with boundary maps, current demographic data, local area photos, business directories, school districts and boundaries for 99,861 locations including all incorporated cities, town, villages, counties, census designated places, ZIP Codes and other populated places. The site uses authoritative sources for all information and is updated on a continuous basis. Since 2005, the site has served over 458 million pages of local information. In addition to its use as an online resource, the site is referenced or cited in 2,000 written documents and reports and including over 200 references by local, state and federal agencies and departments.

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