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DP-2. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000
Geographic Area: McDowell 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 27,329 100.0
      enrolled in school 5,746 100.0   Native 27,193 99.5
Nursery school, preschool 324 5.6       Born in United States 27,152 99.4
Kindergarten 319 5.6           State of residence 22,503 82.3
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 3,105 54.0           Different state 4,649 17.0
High school (grades 9-12) 1,525 26.5       Born outside United States 41 0.2
College or graduate school 473 8.2   Foreign born 136 0.5
                Entered 1990 to March 2000 20 0.1
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT           Naturalized citizen 88 0.3
  Population 25 years and over 18,802 100.0       Not a citizen 48 0.2
Less than 9th grade 4,626 24.6        
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 4,776 25.4   REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN    
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 6,221 33.1     Total (excluding born at sea) 136 100.0
Some college, no degree 1,806 9.6   Europe 95 69.9
Associate degree 313 1.7   Asia 38 27.9
Bachelor's degree 621 3.3   Africa 3 2.2
Graduate or professional degree 439 2.3   Oceania 0 0.0
        Latin America 0 0.0
Percent high school graduate or higher 50.0 (X)   Northern America 0 0.0
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 5.6 (X)        
        LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME    
MARITAL STATUS                 Population 5 years and over 25,908 100.0
          Population 15 years and over 22,225 100.0   English only 25,540 98.6
Never married 4,820 21.7   Language other than English 368 1.4
Now married, except separated 12,350 55.6           Speak English less than '"very well"' 132 0.5
Separated 525 2.4   Spanish 105 0.4
Widowed 2,491 11.2           Speak English less than '"very well"' 36 0.1
 Female 2,057 9.3   Other Indo-European languages 231 0.9
Divorced 2,039 9.2           Speak English less than '"very well"' 81 0.3
 Female 1,106 5.0   Asian and Pacific Island languages 7 0.0
                Speak English less than '"very well"' 2 0.0
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS            
          Grandparent living in household       ANCESTRY (single and multiple)    
           with one or more own grandchildren                 Total population 27,329 100.0
           under 18 years 750 100.0     Total ancestries reported 19,459 71.2
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 532 70.9   Arab 34 0.1
        Czech¹ 16 0.1
VETERAN STATUS       Danish 0 0.0
          Civilian population 18 years and over 20,967 100.0   Dutch 486 1.8
Civilian veterans 2,138 10.2   English 919 3.4
        French (except Basque)¹ 114 0.4
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN       French Canadian¹ 6 0.0
 NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION       German 1,176 4.3
     Population 5 to 20 years 6,009 100.0   Greek 24 0.1
With a disability 802 13.3   Hungarian 205 0.8
     Population 21 to 64 years 15,406 100.0   Irish¹ 2,039 7.5
With a disability 6,634 43.1   Italian 695 2.5
 Percent employed 21.5 (X)   Lithuanian 5 0.0
No disability 8,772 56.9   Norwegian 0 0.0
 Percent employed 46.9 (X)   Polish 130 0.5
     Population 65 years and over 4,228 100.0   Portuguese 0 0.0
With a disability 2,744 64.9   Russian 52 0.2
        Scotch-Irish 212 0.8
        Scottish 143 0.5
RESIDENCE IN 1995       Slovak 14 0.1
  Population 5 years and over 25,908 100.0   Subsaharan African 49 0.2
Same house in 1995 19,605 75.7   Swedish 24 0.1
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 6,259 24.2   Swiss 3 0.0
 Same county 4,608 17.8   Ukrainian 7 0.0
 Different county 1,651 6.4   United States or American 7,718 28.2
  Same state 672 2.6   Welsh 11 0.0
  Different state 979 3.8   West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 19 0.1
Elsewhere in 1995 44 0.2   Other ancestries 5,358 19.6
 
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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