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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: Van Buren 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 16,192 100.0
      enrolled in school 3,205 100.0   Native 15,968 98.6
Nursery school, preschool 154 4.8       Born in United States 15,921 98.3
Kindergarten 183 5.7           State of residence 9,366 57.8
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 1,684 52.5           Different state 6,555 40.5
High school (grades 9-12) 821 25.6       Born outside United States 47 0.3
College or graduate school 363 11.3   Foreign born 224 1.4
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 48 0.3
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 151 0.9
  Population 25 years and over 11,602 100.0       Not a citizen 73 0.5
Less than 9th grade 1,358 11.7        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 1,933 16.7   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 4,270 36.8     Total (excluding born at sea) 224 100.0
Some college, no degree 2,342 20.2   Europe 114 50.9
Associate degree 366 3.2   Asia 37 16.5
Bachelor's degree 930 8.0   Africa 0 0.0
Graduate or professional degree 403 3.5   Oceania 5 2.2
        Latin America 48 21.4
Percent high school graduate or higher 71.6 (X)   Northern America 20 8.9
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 11.5 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 15,338 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 13,344 100.0   English only 14,972 97.6
Never married 2,011 15.1   Language other than English 366 2.4
Now married, except separated 8,540 64.0           Speak English less than '"very well"' 112 0.7
Separated 196 1.5   Spanish 221 1.4
Widowed 1,210 9.1           Speak English less than '"very well"' 65 0.4
 Female 977 7.3   Other Indo-European languages 101 0.7
Divorced 1,387 10.4           Speak English less than '"very well"' 32 0.2
 Female 713 5.3   Asian and Pacific Island languages 36 0.2
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 13 0.1
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 16,192 100.0
           under 18 years 278 100.0     Total ancestries reported 13,276 82.0
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 196 70.5   Arab 11 0.1
        Czech¹ 36 0.2
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 66 0.4
          Civilian population 18 years and over 12,695 100.0   Dutch 354 2.2
Civilian veterans 2,468 19.4   English 1,663 10.3
        French (except Basque)¹ 299 1.8
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 68 0.4
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 1,824 11.3
     Population 5 to 20 years 3,120 100.0   Greek 20 0.1
With a disability 285 9.1   Hungarian 15 0.1
     Population 21 to 64 years 8,389 100.0   Irish¹ 2,060 12.7
With a disability 2,350 28.0   Italian 121 0.7
 Percent employed 40.8 (X)   Lithuanian 3 0.0
No disability 6,039 72.0   Norwegian 137 0.8
 Percent employed 72.0 (X)   Polish 108 0.7
     Population 65 years and over 3,564 100.0   Portuguese 4 0.0
With a disability 1,669 46.8   Russian 21 0.1
        Scotch-Irish 359 2.2
        Scottish 276 1.7
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 2 0.0
  Population 5 years and over 15,338 100.0   Subsaharan African 0 0.0
Same house in 1995 9,158 59.7   Swedish 152 0.9
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 6,088 39.7   Swiss 21 0.1
 Same county 2,471 16.1   Ukrainian 4 0.0
 Different county 3,617 23.6   United States or American 3,376 20.8
  Same state 2,175 14.2   Welsh 63 0.4
  Different state 1,442 9.4   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 1 0.0
Elsewhere in 1995 92 0.6   Other ancestries 2,212 13.7
 
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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