Demographics

In addition to conducting an analysis of sentiment and a deeper analysis of survey trends, OPO analyzed respondents’ demographic data.

All survey respondents were able to self-identify as to the following:

  • Race/ethnicity;
  • Language(s) spoken at home;
  • Gender identity;
  • LGBTQIA+ identity;
  • Age;
  • Social class;
  • Physical and mental health conditions;
  • Residential ZIP code; and
  • Employment ZIP code.

Demographic categories and terms were constructed after researching survey best practices [1] and consulting with the City Demographer [2]. Below are the results of this analysis:

Race/ethnicity:

  • 51% of respondents identified as White.
  • 11% of respondents identified as Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish.
  • 7% of respondents identified as Black or African American.
Race and ethnicity of survey respondents: 51% of respondents identified as White.	11% of respondents identified as Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish.  7% of respondents identified as Black or African American.

Language(s) spoken at home:

  • 71% of respondents said they speak English at home.
  • 16% of respondents said they speak two or more languages at home.
  • 1% of respondents said they speak only Spanish at home.
Breakdown of 71% of respondents said they speak English at home. 16% of respondents said they speak two or more languages at home. 1% of respondents said they speak only Spanish at home.

Gender identity:

  • 43% of the respondents self-identified as female.
  • 41% of respondents self-identified as male.
Breakdown of respondent gender identity: 43% of the respondents self-identified as female.  41% of respondents self-identified as male.

LGBTQIA+ identity:

  • 22% of respondents identified as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Breakdown of respondent LGBTQIA+ identity: 22% of respondents identified as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Age:

  • The average age of respondents was 45 years.
Breakdown of respondent age: The average age of respondents was 45 years.

Social class:

  • 55% of respondents identified as middle class or upper middle-class.
  • 7% of respondents identified as low-income or poor.
Breakdown of respondent social class: 55% of respondents identified as middle class or upper middle-class. 7% of respondents identified as low-income or poor.

Physical and mental health conditions:

  • 33% of respondents reported having a physical or mental health condition.
  • Of the respondents who identified as having a physical or mental health condition, 73% of respondents reported having one or more mental health conditions.
  • Of the respondents who identified as having a physical or mental health condition, 18% of respondents reported having both a mental and physical health condition.
Breakdown of respondent physical and mental health conditions: 33% of respondents reported having a physical or mental health condition. Of the respondents who identified as having a physical or mental health condition, 73% of respondents reported having one or more mental health conditions. Of the respondents who identified as having a physical or mental health condition, 18% of respondents reported having both a mental and physical health condition.

Residential and employment ZIP codes:

  • The largest percentage of survey respondents (9%) reported living in the 78745 ZIP code (Southwest Austin).
  • The largest percentage of survey respondents (15%) reported working in the 78701 ZIP code (Central Austin).

Map of City of Austin council districts and zip codes.

Map of Austin showing ZIP codes and council districts. (Source: City of Austin Housing and Planning Department).

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Complaint and thank-you hotline: (512) 972-2676
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