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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: Gaston 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 190,365 100.0
      enrolled in school 44,264 100.0   Native 184,050 96.7
Nursery school, preschool 2,796 6.3       Born in United States 183,147 96.2
Kindergarten 2,711 6.1           State of residence 138,717 72.9
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 21,890 49.5           Different state 44,430 23.3
High school (grades 9-12) 9,847 22.2       Born outside United States 903 0.5
College or graduate school 7,020 15.9   Foreign born 6,315 3.3
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 4,211 2.2
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 1,455 0.8
  Population 25 years and over 127,748 100.0       Not a citizen 4,860 2.6
Less than 9th grade 12,342 9.7        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 24,180 18.9   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 37,796 29.6     Total (excluding born at sea) 6,315 100.0
Some college, no degree 27,193 21.3   Europe 929 14.7
Associate degree 8,143 6.4   Asia 1,145 18.1
Bachelor's degree 13,197 10.3   Africa 264 4.2
Graduate or professional degree 4,897 3.8   Oceania 22 0.3
        Latin America 3,770 59.7
Percent high school graduate or higher 71.4 (X)   Northern America 185 2.9
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 14.2 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 177,684 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 151,057 100.0   English only 167,520 94.3
Never married 31,311 20.7   Language other than English 10,164 5.7
Now married, except separated 88,846 58.8           Speak English less than '"very well"' 5,165 2.9
Separated 4,800 3.2   Spanish 6,703 3.8
Widowed 11,308 7.5           Speak English less than '"very well"' 3,891 2.2
 Female 9,435 6.2   Other Indo-European languages 2,022 1.1
Divorced 14,792 9.8           Speak English less than '"very well"' 497 0.3
 Female 8,049 5.3   Asian and Pacific Island languages 1,161 0.7
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 689 0.4
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 190,365 100.0
           under 18 years 5,021 100.0     Total ancestries reported 145,115 76.2
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 2,464 49.1   Arab 344 0.2
        Czech¹ 156 0.1
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 99 0.1
          Civilian population 18 years and over 143,499 100.0   Dutch 3,137 1.6
Civilian veterans 19,428 13.5   English 12,294 6.5
        French (except Basque)¹ 2,061 1.1
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 461 0.2
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 20,466 10.8
     Population 5 to 20 years 40,505 100.0   Greek 215 0.1
With a disability 3,601 8.9   Hungarian 225 0.1
     Population 21 to 64 years 112,252 100.0   Irish¹ 14,621 7.7
With a disability 26,616 23.7   Italian 2,499 1.3
 Percent employed 54.1 (X)   Lithuanian 105 0.1
No disability 85,636 76.3   Norwegian 539 0.3
 Percent employed 79.7 (X)   Polish 1,102 0.6
     Population 65 years and over 22,721 100.0   Portuguese 44 0.0
With a disability 11,266 49.6   Russian 301 0.2
        Scotch-Irish 7,124 3.7
        Scottish 3,498 1.8
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 151 0.1
  Population 5 years and over 177,684 100.0   Subsaharan African 1,081 0.6
Same house in 1995 103,567 58.3   Swedish 480 0.3
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 70,638 39.8   Swiss 193 0.1
 Same county 45,112 25.4   Ukrainian 178 0.1
 Different county 25,526 14.4   United States or American 32,993 17.3
  Same state 14,164 8.0   Welsh 532 0.3
  Different state 11,362 6.4   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 100 0.1
Elsewhere in 1995 3,479 2.0   Other ancestries 40,116 21.1
 
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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