Population, Race and Ethnicity
Chain-O-Lakes is a village in Barry County, Missouri, with a population of 112. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 100.00% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.00% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.00% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Chain-O-Lakes include German, Irish, Scottish, English, and American. Measured by location quotient — comparing the village share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in village are Scottish, British, and English.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 95.50% of Chain-O-Lakes residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 4.50% of the population that is foreign-born, 80.00% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of Chain-O-Lakes is older than the United States as a whole. The median age is 58.7 years, 20.8 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 29.50% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Chain-O-Lakes, 78.40% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 9.80% of households are occupied by single male householders, 2.00% by single female householders, and 9.80% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 100.00% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Missouri and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Chain-O-Lakes, 100% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 97.8% of the 5 and older population across Missouri only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Chain-O-Lakes are more likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 81% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Missouri as a whole, 49.4% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is less common in Chain-O-Lakes than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 9% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Missouri, 12.2% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 5% of Chain-O-Lakes residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Chain-O-Lakes, 7.1% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.8% of the civilian population in all of Missouri.
In Chain-O-Lakes, adults are more likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, but are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Chain-O-Lakes residents 25 and older, 97.00% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 19.20% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Missouri, 89.6% of adults have graduated high school, and 28.6 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Chain-O-Lakes earns $102,969 a year, about $42,700 more than the national median of $60,293 and $49,400 more than the median household income across the state of $53,560.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Chain-O-Lakes than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 16.10%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 14.2% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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