The Planning Commission produces demographic and economic data in raw form for use within the agency’s various projection models. This data is available in printed publications for use by the public. The Planning Commission provides economic data assistance, as requested, to communities and other organizations in Hillsborough County. This support ranges from the provision of data, to the conduction of surveys, to the analysis of trends.
The Planning Commission prepares reports detailing building permit activity throughout Hillsborough County. This data is released on a quarterly basis in a series of spreadsheets encompassing all data currently tracked by the Planning Commission. You will need to use the worksheet tabs at the bottom of each spreadsheet to navigate the report.
Facts & Figures
The Facts & Figures report is a compilation of demographic and vital statistics for Hillsborough County and the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace. This report includes population estimates, building permit activity, and varied household information such as housing, health, education, income and employment.
The Economic Facts & Figures report is an overview of economic conditions for the United States, the State of Florida, the Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area and Hillsborough County (where available). These indicators provide perspective on past economic performance as well as indicators for possible future performance. Some of the factors analyzed include: unemployment and employment data; hours worked, labor demand, labor force participation, job loss, and wage data.
US Census QuickFacts
US Census Economic Indicators
Population Estimates vs. Population Projections – What’s the difference?
Each year the Planning Commission prepares population and housing unit estimates for Unincorporated Hillsborough County and the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace.
These estimates are prepared at the Census Tract level and then aggregated into the correct jurisdiction. Analysis at the Census Tract level allows other agencies and the general public to identify geographic areas which are either adding or losing housing units and, concomitantly, adding or losing people.
Population Estimates : 2015 – 2016
Absolute Change in Population by Census Tract : 2010 – 2016
Long Range Growth Forecast Socioeconomic Data – 2040
Quality of Life Survey
The Planning Commission annually conducts the Quality of Life Survey as a way to measure and track public perception of Hillsborough County’s quality of life. For consistency, the Survey continues to use the eighteen factors originally identified by a focus group of residents in 2002. It was the consensus of the group that these factors represent the quality of life in Hillsborough County.
Improving our resident’s quality of life is an underlying principle of all appointed or elected bodies and the county’s four comprehensive plans. The Survey is one of many pieces of information considered by the Planning Commission during the state-mandated updates to the four jurisdictional comprehensive plans.
Demographic & Tract Maps
Census Tracts are small, relatively permanent subdivisions of a county or other places that are updated by local participants prior to each decennial. Census tracts generally have a population size between 1,200 and 8,000 people, with an optimum size of 4,000 people. A census tract usually covers a contiguous area; however, the spatial size of census tracts varies widely depending on the density of settlement. Census tract boundaries generally follow visible and identifiable features.
Census Tract Numbers—Census tracts are identified with a number. It is similar to a zip-code where a number corresponds to a geographic area. Some census tracts codes have six numbers with a decimal point between the fourth and fifth number. For this reason, a census tract number can be written as either 1457.02 or 145702; likewise, 002300 or 23.00.