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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: Whatcom 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 166,814 100.0
      enrolled in school 51,210 100.0   Native 150,472 90.2
Nursery school, preschool 2,473 4.8       Born in United States 147,863 88.6
Kindergarten 2,264 4.4           State of residence 86,223 51.7
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 18,378 35.9           Different state 61,640 37.0
High school (grades 9-12) 8,960 17.5       Born outside United States 2,609 1.6
College or graduate school 19,135 37.4   Foreign born 16,342 9.8
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 7,071 4.2
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 6,583 3.9
  Population 25 years and over 102,787 100.0       Not a citizen 9,759 5.9
Less than 9th grade 4,032 3.9        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 8,820 8.6   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 28,344 27.6     Total (excluding born at sea) 16,342 100.0
Some college, no degree 26,208 25.5   Europe 4,317 26.4
Associate degree 7,395 7.2   Asia 3,652 22.3
Bachelor's degree 18,822 18.3   Africa 150 0.9
Graduate or professional degree 9,166 8.9   Oceania 218 1.3
        Latin America 2,436 14.9
Percent high school graduate or higher 87.5 (X)   Northern America 5,569 34.1
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 27.2 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 156,441 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 133,611 100.0   English only 142,022 90.8
Never married 39,476 29.5   Language other than English 14,419 9.2
Now married, except separated 72,003 53.9           Speak English less than '"very well"' 6,076 3.9
Separated 1,725 1.3   Spanish 5,686 3.6
Widowed 7,153 5.4           Speak English less than '"very well"' 2,501 1.6
 Female 5,741 4.3   Other Indo-European languages 5,932 3.8
Divorced 13,254 9.9           Speak English less than '"very well"' 2,243 1.4
 Female 7,372 5.5   Asian and Pacific Island languages 2,252 1.4
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 1,171 0.7
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 166,814 100.0
           under 18 years 1,833 100.0     Total ancestries reported 186,864 112.0
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 769 42.0   Arab 420 0.3
        Czech¹ 841 0.5
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 2,192 1.3
          Civilian population 18 years and over 126,511 100.0   Dutch 13,648 8.2
Civilian veterans 16,786 13.3   English 20,001 12.0
        French (except Basque)¹ 5,419 3.2
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 1,614 1.0
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 31,444 18.8
     Population 5 to 20 years 40,611 100.0   Greek 485 0.3
With a disability 2,798 6.9   Hungarian 582 0.3
     Population 21 to 64 years 95,803 100.0   Irish¹ 17,749 10.6
With a disability 13,678 14.3   Italian 5,161 3.1
 Percent employed 54.5 (X)   Lithuanian 243 0.1
No disability 82,125 85.7   Norwegian 11,908 7.1
 Percent employed 77.4 (X)   Polish 2,652 1.6
     Population 65 years and over 18,737 100.0   Portuguese 385 0.2
With a disability 7,630 40.7   Russian 2,303 1.4
        Scotch-Irish 4,240 2.5
        Scottish 6,978 4.2
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 124 0.1
  Population 5 years and over 156,441 100.0   Subsaharan African 293 0.2
Same house in 1995 70,994 45.4   Swedish 7,059 4.2
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 81,010 51.8   Swiss 1,046 0.6
 Same county 43,766 28.0   Ukrainian 1,284 0.8
 Different county 37,244 23.8   United States or American 8,812 5.3
  Same state 21,932 14.0   Welsh 1,963 1.2
  Different state 15,312 9.8   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 154 0.1
Elsewhere in 1995 4,437 2.8   Other ancestries 37,864 22.7
 
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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