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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: Lea 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 55,511 100.0
      enrolled in school 16,534 100.0   Native 49,246 88.7
Nursery school, preschool 776 4.7       Born in United States 48,940 88.2
Kindergarten 785 4.7           State of residence 22,785 41.0
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 7,999 48.4           Different state 26,155 47.1
High school (grades 9-12) 4,220 25.5       Born outside United States 306 0.6
College or graduate school 2,754 16.7   Foreign born 6,265 11.3
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 1,762 3.2
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 2,183 3.9
  Population 25 years and over 33,291 100.0       Not a citizen 4,082 7.4
Less than 9th grade 4,951 14.9        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 6,007 18.0   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 9,295 27.9     Total (excluding born at sea) 6,265 100.0
Some college, no degree 7,224 21.7   Europe 137 2.2
Associate degree 1,939 5.8   Asia 161 2.6
Bachelor's degree 2,481 7.5   Africa 0 0.0
Graduate or professional degree 1,394 4.2   Oceania 0 0.0
        Latin America 5,919 94.5
Percent high school graduate or higher 67.1 (X)   Northern America 48 0.8
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 11.6 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 51,266 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 41,791 100.0   English only 34,456 67.2
Never married 8,806 21.1   Language other than English 16,810 32.8
Now married, except separated 25,321 60.6           Speak English less than '"very well"' 6,079 11.9
Separated 992 2.4   Spanish 16,368 31.9
Widowed 2,920 7.0           Speak English less than '"very well"' 5,969 11.6
 Female 2,357 5.6   Other Indo-European languages 220 0.4
Divorced 3,752 9.0           Speak English less than '"very well"' 57 0.1
 Female 1,861 4.5   Asian and Pacific Island languages 151 0.3
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 41 0.1
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 55,511 100.0
           under 18 years 1,189 100.0     Total ancestries reported 46,734 84.2
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 799 67.2   Arab 26 0.0
        Czech¹ 95 0.2
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 110 0.2
          Civilian population 18 years and over 38,766 100.0   Dutch 862 1.6
Civilian veterans 4,554 11.7   English 2,966 5.3
        French (except Basque)¹ 732 1.3
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 102 0.2
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 3,828 6.9
     Population 5 to 20 years 15,089 100.0   Greek 50 0.1
With a disability 1,184 7.8   Hungarian 52 0.1
     Population 21 to 64 years 28,153 100.0   Irish¹ 3,579 6.4
With a disability 6,435 22.9   Italian 536 1.0
 Percent employed 46.9 (X)   Lithuanian 12 0.0
No disability 21,718 77.1   Norwegian 366 0.7
 Percent employed 68.3 (X)   Polish 229 0.4
     Population 65 years and over 6,559 100.0   Portuguese 53 0.1
With a disability 3,099 47.2   Russian 36 0.1
        Scotch-Irish 725 1.3
        Scottish 483 0.9
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 30 0.1
  Population 5 years and over 51,266 100.0   Subsaharan African 111 0.2
Same house in 1995 28,966 56.5   Swedish 284 0.5
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 21,537 42.0   Swiss 55 0.1
 Same county 14,137 27.6   Ukrainian 0 0.0
 Different county 7,400 14.4   United States or American 5,166 9.3
  Same state 2,523 4.9   Welsh 91 0.2
  Different state 4,877 9.5   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 153 0.3
Elsewhere in 1995 763 1.5   Other ancestries 26,002 46.8
 
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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