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Jerome County, Idaho

Jerome County is a county located in the U.S. State of Idaho. As of 2000, the population is 18,342. The county's county seat is Jerome, Idaho6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,559 km² (602 mi²). 1,554 km² (600 mi²) of it is land and 5 km² (2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.34% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 18,342 people, 6,298 households, and 4,805 families residing in the county. The population density is 12/km² (31/mi²). There are 6,713 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 86.99% White, 0.23% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 9.84% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. 17.17% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 6,298 households out of which 39.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.80% are married couples living together, 7.60% have a female householder with no husband present, and 23.70% are non-families. 19.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.89 and the average family size is 3.33.

In the county the population is spread out with 31.50% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 104.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 104.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $34,696, and the median income for a family is $39,083. Males have a median income of $28,036 versus $20,194 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,530. 13.90% of the population and 10.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.90% are under the age of 18 and 9.90% are 65 or older.

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