Population, Race and Ethnicity
Rough and Ready is a Census-designated place in Nevada County, California, with a population of 828. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 63.50% of residents identify as white, 1.30% 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, 35.10% 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 Rough and Ready include German, Scotch-Irish, English, American, and Dutch. 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 Austrian, Scotch-Irish, and Portuguese.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 87.90% of Rough and Ready 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 12.10% of the population that is foreign-born, 44.00% 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 Rough and Ready is older than the United States as a whole. The median age is 60.3 years, 22.4 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 39.10% 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 Rough and Ready, 34.30% 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, 3.80% by single female householders, and 61.90% 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 78.50% 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 California and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Rough and Ready, 88.3% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 81.9% of the 5 and older population across California only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Rough and Ready are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 44.6% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across California as a whole, 46.8% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is far more common in Rough and Ready than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 30.9% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In California, 9.3% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 5.5% of Rough and Ready residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Rough and Ready, 10.9% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 5.4% of the civilian population in all of California.
In Rough and Ready, 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 Rough and Ready residents 25 and older, 89.00% 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 California, 82.9% of adults have graduated high school, and 33.3 have a bachelor’s degree.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Rough and Ready than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 51.10%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 14.3% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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