Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 30,089 people, 12,174 households, and 8,120 families residing in the city. The population density is 483.5/km² (1,252.4/mi²). There are 13,260 housing units at an average density of 213.1/km² (551.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 66.05% White, 30.91% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 12,174 households out of which 32.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% are married couples living together, 18.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% are non-families. 29.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.95.
In the city the population is spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $30,419, and the median income for a family is $37,598. Males have a median income of $30,349 versus $21,259 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,796. 16.8% of the population and 13.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.6% are under the age of 18 and 13.7% are 65 or older.