Population, Race and Ethnicity
Mount Vernon is a Census-designated place in Somerset County, Maryland, with a population of 917. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.40% of residents identify as white, 20.60% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 8.00% 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 Mount Vernon include American, English, Irish, Scotch-Irish, and Italian. Measured by location quotient — comparing the Census-designated place share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in Census-designated place are Lithuanian, Austrian, and Scotch-Irish.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 95.20% of Mount Vernon 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 4.80% of the population that is foreign-born, 100.00% 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 Mount Vernon is older than the United States as a whole. The median age is 50.2 years, 12.3 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 21.80% 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 Mount Vernon, 71.30% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 0.00% of households are occupied by single male householders, 14.00% by single female householders, and 14.60% 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 Maryland and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Mount Vernon, 95.4% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 93.2% of the 5 and older population across Maryland only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Mount Vernon are more likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 61.7% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Maryland as a whole, 47.3% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is more common in Mount Vernon than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 15% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Maryland, 10% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 20.7% of Mount Vernon residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Mount Vernon, 9.8% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8% of the civilian population in all of Maryland.
In Mount Vernon, 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 Mount Vernon residents 25 and older, 96.50% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 13.70% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Maryland, 90% of adults have graduated high school, and 39.6 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Mount Vernon earns $49,398 a year, about $10,900 less than the national median of $60,293 and $32,500 less than the median household income across the state of $81,868.
Serious financial hardship is less common in Mount Vernon than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 7.50%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 9.4% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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