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Census shows shifts in Monett population

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows a variety of changes have taken place in the City of Monett between 2000 and 2010.

The new population breakdown for 8,873 residents, up 1,477 from a decade ago, is more even in terms of men and women. The percentage of men has increased to 48.1, up .4 percent, while women dropped to 51.9 percent.

While the total population may be more even, the number of households have seen shifts. The number of total households in Monett grew to 3,405, an increase of 501. The number of vacant houses rose from 226 to 423.

Husband-wife or married couple households increased by 173 but represented less of the overall population. Households headed by a woman, with no husband present, rose from 310 to 433, making up the 2 percent shift in the total.

Households with families stayed about the same at 67 percent, up 1 percent from 10 years ago. Households where one person lives alone increased from 855 to 950.

Homes with individuals under age 18 increased by 246 to 1,254, up 2 percent of the total. Homes with senior citizens 65 and older stayed practically the same, dropping by three to 862.

The median age for Monettans got younger at 34, down by almost a year and a half. Senior citizens age 65 and older, who represented 17.6 percent of population in 2000, were only 14.4 percent of Monettans in 2010.

Children represented about the same percentage of the total population in both decades, coming in at 30.4 percent in 2011, up 1 percent.

Monett's Hispanic population grew from 11.3 percent of the total in 2000 to 19 percent in 2010. The Mexican population more than doubled, totaling 1,450 or 16.3 percent, up from 8.7 percent. The number of Puerto Ricans rose from one to 22.

The percentage of Monettans who own their homes dropped slightly over the decade. Owner-occupied homes increased to 2,050 but dropped to 60.2 percent of the total, down by over 2 percent. Renter occupied housing units increased by over 2 percent to 1,355.

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