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Mount Vernon, Illinois
Mount Vernon is located at 38°18'49" North, 88°54'29" West (38.313512, -88.908159).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 16,269 people, 6,988 households, and 4,157 families residing in the city. The population density is 545.3/km² (1,412.1/mi²). There are 7,814 housing units at an average density of 261.9/km² (678.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 84.25% White, 12.36% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. 1.49% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,988 households out of which 27.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% are married couples living together, 13.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% are non-families. 35.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.25 and the average family size is 2.92.
In the city the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $28,145, and the median income for a family is $36,660. Males have a median income of $31,569 versus $20,198 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,268. 17.1% of the population and 13.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.5% of those under the age of 18 and 12.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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