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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: Mecosta 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 40,553 100.0
      enrolled in school 14,409 100.0   Native 39,772 98.1
Nursery school, preschool 520 3.6       Born in United States 39,597 97.6
Kindergarten 528 3.7           State of residence 33,439 82.5
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 4,276 29.7           Different state 6,158 15.2
High school (grades 9-12) 2,061 14.3       Born outside United States 175 0.4
College or graduate school 7,024 48.7   Foreign born 781 1.9
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 432 1.1
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 302 0.7
  Population 25 years and over 23,314 100.0       Not a citizen 479 1.2
Less than 9th grade 1,207 5.2        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 2,566 11.0   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 8,521 36.5     Total (excluding born at sea) 781 100.0
Some college, no degree 4,828 20.7   Europe 203 26.0
Associate degree 1,740 7.5   Asia 311 39.8
Bachelor's degree 2,716 11.6   Africa 72 9.2
Graduate or professional degree 1,736 7.4   Oceania 1 0.1
        Latin America 64 8.2
Percent high school graduate or higher 83.8 (X)   Northern America 130 16.6
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 19.1 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 38,146 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 32,996 100.0   English only 36,244 95.0
Never married 9,293 28.2   Language other than English 1,902 5.0
Now married, except separated 18,580 56.3           Speak English less than '"very well"' 609 1.6
Separated 385 1.2   Spanish 627 1.6
Widowed 1,817 5.5           Speak English less than '"very well"' 145 0.4
 Female 1,416 4.3   Other Indo-European languages 946 2.5
Divorced 2,921 8.9           Speak English less than '"very well"' 376 1.0
 Female 1,563 4.7   Asian and Pacific Island languages 148 0.4
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 17 0.0
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 40,553 100.0
           under 18 years 427 100.0     Total ancestries reported 42,061 103.7
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 192 45.0   Arab 160 0.4
        Czech¹ 241 0.6
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 412 1.0
          Civilian population 18 years and over 31,392 100.0   Dutch 2,263 5.6
Civilian veterans 4,121 13.1   English 5,008 12.3
        French (except Basque)¹ 1,991 4.9
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 1,086 2.7
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 10,471 25.8
     Population 5 to 20 years 11,006 100.0   Greek 94 0.2
With a disability 1,053 9.6   Hungarian 163 0.4
     Population 21 to 64 years 21,783 100.0   Irish¹ 4,657 11.5
With a disability 3,747 17.2   Italian 1,288 3.2
 Percent employed 44.6 (X)   Lithuanian 50 0.1
No disability 18,036 82.8   Norwegian 404 1.0
 Percent employed 71.9 (X)   Polish 2,179 5.4
     Population 65 years and over 5,191 100.0   Portuguese 10 0.0
With a disability 2,142 41.3   Russian 89 0.2
        Scotch-Irish 513 1.3
        Scottish 1,162 2.9
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 83 0.2
  Population 5 years and over 38,146 100.0   Subsaharan African 78 0.2
Same house in 1995 19,681 51.6   Swedish 1,141 2.8
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 17,890 46.9   Swiss 177 0.4
 Same county 5,870 15.4   Ukrainian 50 0.1
 Different county 12,020 31.5   United States or American 2,888 7.1
  Same state 10,029 26.3   Welsh 159 0.4
  Different state 1,991 5.2   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 8 0.0
Elsewhere in 1995 575 1.5   Other ancestries 5,236 12.9
 
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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