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PVE Ranks High in Bachelor's Degrees, Census Shows

The percentage of those in Palos Verdes Estates holding a bachelor's degree is among the highest in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

More than 76 percent of Palos Verdes Estates residents aged 25 and older hold at least a bachelor's degree, ranking the community among the highest in the Los Angeles metropolitan area for educational attainment, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest five-year estimates of demographic conditions.

That high statistic compares to 30.9 percent in the Los Angeles metropolitan area as a whole, and on the other side of the spectrum, the 3.6 percent figure for a community like East Rancho Dominguez.

Palos Verdes Estates also ranked among the highest in the metro area for females who are married at 70.7 percent. That compares to a community like West Athens, where only 30.8 percent of the females were married.

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey five-year estimates, released Thursday, provides an in-depth look at local populations, work life and families.

There's a wide variation in the Los Angeles metro area for characteristics such as languages spoken at home, educational attainment, marital status and living arrangements, the Census Bureau said.

"The American Community Survey provides the only statistics on school enrollment, jobs, housing and many other measures for all towns and neighborhoods," said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau's acting director, in a news release.

"The results are used by everyone from retailers, homebuilders and police departments, to town and city planners. The numbers permit them to examine demographic patterns within metropolitan areas."

To find more information about communities in the Los Angeles area, go to the American FactFinder website. Or for an easy, quick way to pull up statistics in your area, go to the EasyStats page.

The American Community Survey five-year estimates cover states, counties, places, congressional districts, census tracts and block groups.

Last week's release was the first time since the 2000 Census that statistics for ZIP code tabulation areas, which roughly approximate the U.S. Postal Service's ZIP code areas, were released. 

What have you found out about Palos Verdes in the latest Census numbers? Tell us in the comments.

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