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October 25, 2014

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Census Bureau releases data on U.S., Clark County

The U.S. Census Bureau released data today gathered between 2006 and 2008 detailing everything from population to educational achievement to work travel times.

The American Community Survey data reports demographic information and statistics for the nation, as well as states, cities and counties.

Below is a small portion of the information for Clark County as it compares to other areas of the country. The entire survey can be found here.

Language spoken at home:

- The city with the lowest proportion of people who speak a language other than English at home was Charleston, W.Va., at 1.8 percent. McAllen, Texas, had the greatest percentage of people who spoke a foreign language at home: 84.2 percent.

- In Clark County, 31.2 percent of people older than 5 years old speak a language other than English at home.

Educational achievement:

- In Clark County, 17 percent of residents older than 25 have no high school diploma or equivalent, while 21.2 percent of residents in Clark County have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

- In the United States as a whole, 15.5 percent of people older than 25 haven’t attained a high school diploma, while 27.4 percent of Americans have attained a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Marital status:

- Of people at least 15 years old, 49.4 percent of Clark County residents are married. In the same age group, 13.5 percent are divorced and 29.8 percent have never been married.

- In the United States, 50.2 percent of people 15 or older are married. In the same age group, 10.6 percent are divorced while 30.8 percent have never been married.

Poverty level:

- Of Clark County families with a female householder and no husband present with children younger than 18, 27 percent live below the poverty line. Of all Clark County families with children younger than 18, 11.5 percent live below the poverty line.

- In the United States, 36.5 percent of families with a female householder with no husband present and children younger than 18 live below the poverty level. Of all American families with children younger than 18, 14.9 percent live below the poverty level.

Mean travel time to work:

- In Clark County, the mean travel time to work is 27 minutes.

- The New York metro area tops the list with travel time of 34.5 minutes, while Grand Folks, N.D., residents have the quickest work commute, at 15 minutes.

Foreign-born residents:

- The metro area with the greatest percentage of foreign-born people was Miami-Fort Lauderdale, at 36.9 percent. San Jose, Calif., and Los Angeles also had populations that were more than 30 percent foreign born.

- Altoona, Pa., had the lowest proportion of foreign-born people, at 0.9 percent.

- In Clark County, 21.8 percent of the population is foreign-born.

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