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Pontiac, Michigan

Pontiac is a city located in Oakland County, Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 66,337. It is the county seat of Oakland County6.

Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 52.3 km² (20.2 mi²). 51.8 km² (20.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.09% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 66,337 people, 24,234 households, and 15,267 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,281.3/km² (3,318.2/mi²). There are 26,336 housing units at an average density of 508.7/km² (1,317.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 39.09% White, 47.92% African American, 0.58% Native American, 2.40% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 6.47% from other races, and 3.50% from two or more races. 12.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 24,234 households out of which 33.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.5% are married couples living together, 25.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% are non-families. 29.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.68 and the average family size is 3.32.

In the city the population is spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,207, and the median income for a family is $36,391. Males have a median income of $31,961 versus $24,765 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,842. 22.1% of the population and 18.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 29.3% are under the age of 18 and 15.7% are 65 or older.

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