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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: Merced 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 210,554 100.0
      enrolled in school 70,396 100.0   Native 158,370 75.2
Nursery school, preschool 3,578 5.1       Born in United States 156,268 74.2
Kindergarten 3,992 5.7           State of residence 121,958 57.9
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 35,010 49.7           Different state 34,310 16.3
High school (grades 9-12) 16,739 23.8       Born outside United States 2,102 1.0
College or graduate school 11,077 15.7   Foreign born 52,184 24.8
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 18,828 8.9
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 16,809 8.0
  Population 25 years and over 116,725 100.0       Not a citizen 35,375 16.8
Less than 9th grade 25,184 21.6        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 17,063 14.6   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 27,901 23.9     Total (excluding born at sea) 52,184 100.0
Some college, no degree 25,632 22.0   Europe 4,413 8.5
Associate degree 8,049 6.9   Asia 9,469 18.1
Bachelor's degree 8,882 7.6   Africa 225 0.4
Graduate or professional degree 4,014 3.4   Oceania 102 0.2
        Latin America 37,764 72.4
Percent high school graduate or higher 63.8 (X)   Northern America 211 0.4
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 11.0 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 192,259 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 149,678 100.0   English only 105,364 54.8
Never married 41,557 27.8   Language other than English 86,895 45.2
Now married, except separated 82,961 55.4           Speak English less than '"very well"' 44,975 23.4
Separated 3,411 2.3   Spanish 67,490 35.1
Widowed 8,380 5.6           Speak English less than '"very well"' 35,247 18.3
 Female 6,923 4.6   Other Indo-European languages 8,995 4.7
Divorced 13,369 8.9           Speak English less than '"very well"' 3,614 1.9
 Female 7,808 5.2   Asian and Pacific Island languages 10,054 5.2
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 5,977 3.1
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 210,554 100.0
           under 18 years 6,182 100.0     Total ancestries reported 208,510 99.0
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 2,218 35.9   Arab 277 0.1
        Czech¹ 422 0.2
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 898 0.4
          Civilian population 18 years and over 138,126 100.0   Dutch 3,009 1.4
Civilian veterans 15,307 11.1   English 10,441 5.0
        French (except Basque)¹ 2,814 1.3
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 559 0.3
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 15,961 7.6
     Population 5 to 20 years 63,810 100.0   Greek 336 0.2
With a disability 5,099 8.0   Hungarian 319 0.2
     Population 21 to 64 years 107,957 100.0   Irish¹ 12,109 5.8
With a disability 26,199 24.3   Italian 6,970 3.3
 Percent employed 48.8 (X)   Lithuanian 88 0.0
No disability 81,758 75.7   Norwegian 1,600 0.8
 Percent employed 66.8 (X)   Polish 1,040 0.5
     Population 65 years and over 19,311 100.0   Portuguese 13,085 6.2
With a disability 8,678 44.9   Russian 245 0.1
        Scotch-Irish 1,652 0.8
        Scottish 1,966 0.9
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 95 0.0
  Population 5 years and over 192,259 100.0   Subsaharan African 522 0.2
Same house in 1995 97,142 50.5   Swedish 2,049 1.0
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 88,782 46.2   Swiss 464 0.2
 Same county 57,223 29.8   Ukrainian 116 0.1
 Different county 31,559 16.4   United States or American 8,401 4.0
  Same state 27,417 14.3   Welsh 508 0.2
  Different state 4,142 2.2   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 86 0.0
Elsewhere in 1995 6,335 3.3   Other ancestries 122,478 58.2
 
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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