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McDowell County, North Carolina

McDowell County is a county located in the U.S. State of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 42,151. Its county seat is Marion6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,156 km² (446 mi²). 1,144 km² (442 mi²) of it is land and 12 km² (5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.06% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 42,151 people, 16,604 households, and 11,954 families residing in the county. The population density is 37/km² (95/mi²). There are 18,377 housing units at an average density of 16/km² (42/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 92.18% White, 4.16% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.61% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 2.88% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 16,604 households out of which 30.30% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% are married couples living together, 10.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% are non-families. 24.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.45 and the average family size is 2.90.

In the county the population is spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $32,396, and the median income for a family is $37,789. Males have a median income of $26,609 versus $21,640 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,109. 11.60% of the population and 9.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.10% are under the age of 18 and 15.70% are 65 or older.

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