Population, Race and Ethnicity
White Island Shores is a Census-designated place in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, with a population of 2,322. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 68.00% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.50% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 9.80% as Hispanic or Latino, and 19.60% 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 White Island Shores include Irish, Cape Verdean, English, Swedish, 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 Cape Verdean, Canadian, and French Canadian.
The population of White Island Shores is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 35.4 years, 2.5 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 2.50% 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 White Island Shores, 55.00% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 7.30% of households are occupied by single male householders, 20.80% by single female householders, and 16.80% 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 86.60% 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 Massachusetts and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in White Island Shores, 99.3% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 90.8% of the 5 and older population across Massachusetts only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of White Island Shores are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 44.5% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Massachusetts as a whole, 46.5% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is less common in White Island Shores than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 6.3% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Massachusetts, 9.5% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 40.7% of White Island Shores residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In White Island Shores, 12.7% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 5.8% of the civilian population in all of Massachusetts.
In White Island Shores, 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 White Island Shores residents 25 and older, 93.40% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 11.50% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Massachusetts, 90.4% of adults have graduated high school, and 42.9 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in White Island Shores earns $89,438 a year, about $29,100 more than the national median of $60,293 and $12,100 more than the median household income across the state of $77,378.
Serious financial hardship is about as common in White Island Shores than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 13.50%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 10.8% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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