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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: McDowell County
[Data based on a sample. For information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, and definitions, see text]

Subject Number Percent Subject Number Percent

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT       NATIVITY AND PLACE OF BIRTH    
     Population 3 years and over            Total poplulation 42,151 100.0
      enrolled in school 9,182 100.0   Native 41,004 97.3
Nursery school, preschool 551 6.0       Born in United States 40,862 96.9
Kindergarten 496 5.4           State of residence 33,376 79.2
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 4,536 49.4           Different state 7,486 17.8
High school (grades 9-12) 2,281 24.8       Born outside United States 142 0.3
College or graduate school 1,318 14.4   Foreign born 1,147 2.7
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 782 1.9
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 302 0.7
  Population 25 years and over 29,157 100.0       Not a citizen 845 2.0
Less than 9th grade 3,199 11.0        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 5,502 18.9   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 10,505 36.0     Total (excluding born at sea) 1,147 100.0
Some college, no degree 5,308 18.2   Europe 135 11.8
Associate degree 2,029 7.0   Asia 251 21.9
Bachelor's degree 1,843 6.3   Africa 5 0.4
Graduate or professional degree 771 2.6   Oceania 0 0.0
        Latin America 751 65.5
Percent high school graduate or higher 70.2 (X)   Northern America 5 0.4
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 9.0 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 39,596 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 34,094 100.0   English only 37,846 95.6
Never married 6,208 18.2   Language other than English 1,750 4.4
Now married, except separated 20,915 61.3           Speak English less than '"very well"' 943 2.4
Separated 1,070 3.1   Spanish 1,134 2.9
Widowed 2,556 7.5           Speak English less than '"very well"' 681 1.7
 Female 2,157 6.3   Other Indo-European languages 218 0.6
Divorced 3,345 9.8           Speak English less than '"very well"' 46 0.1
 Female 1,767 5.2   Asian and Pacific Island languages 388 1.0
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 210 0.5
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 42,151 100.0
           under 18 years 841 100.0     Total ancestries reported 31,048 73.7
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 516 61.4   Arab 4 0.0
        Czech¹ 17 0.0
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 21 0.0
          Civilian population 18 years and over 32,466 100.0   Dutch 828 2.0
Civilian veterans 4,437 13.7   English 3,206 7.6
        French (except Basque)¹ 325 0.8
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 124 0.3
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 2,749 6.5
     Population 5 to 20 years 8,487 100.0   Greek 23 0.1
With a disability 757 8.9   Hungarian 27 0.1
     Population 21 to 64 years 24,164 100.0   Irish¹ 3,095 7.3
With a disability 6,176 25.6   Italian 419 1.0
 Percent employed 54.5 (X)   Lithuanian 4 0.0
No disability 17,988 74.4   Norwegian 40 0.1
 Percent employed 78.8 (X)   Polish 200 0.5
     Population 65 years and over 5,641 100.0   Portuguese 22 0.1
With a disability 3,047 54.0   Russian 30 0.1
        Scotch-Irish 1,641 3.9
        Scottish 729 1.7
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 14 0.0
  Population 5 years and over 39,596 100.0   Subsaharan African 64 0.2
Same house in 1995 23,843 60.2   Swedish 156 0.4
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 15,098 38.1   Swiss 35 0.1
 Same county 9,087 22.9   Ukrainian 1 0.0
 Different county 6,011 15.2   United States or American 11,305 26.8
  Same state 3,988 10.1   Welsh 106 0.3
  Different state 2,023 5.1   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 33 0.1
Elsewhere in 1995 655 1.7   Other ancestries 5,830 13.8
 
Date: July 7, 2006
 
-Represent zero or rounds to zero.    (X) Not applicable.
¹ The data represent a combination of two ancestries shown separately in Summary File 3. Czech includes Czechoslovakian. French includes Alsatian. French Canadian includes Acadian/Cajun. Irish includes Celtic.
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census 2000.

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