Population, Race and Ethnicity
Willis is a city in Brown County, Kansas, with a population of 24. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 87.50% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 12.50% 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 Willis include German, English, Scotch-Irish, Scottish, and French. Measured by location quotient — comparing the city share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in city are Scotch-Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian.
The population of Willis is older than the United States as a whole. The median age is 57 years, 19.1 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 29.20% 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 Willis, 57.10% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 7.10% of households are occupied by single male householders, 0.00% by single female householders, and 35.70% 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 Kansas and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Willis, 100% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 95.4% of the 5 and older population across Kansas only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Willis are more likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 69.6% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Kansas as a whole, 52.2% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is far more common in Willis than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 26.1% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Kansas, 11.2% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 0% of Willis residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Willis, 4.3% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.3% of the civilian population in all of Kansas.
In Willis, 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 Willis residents 25 and older, 95.70% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 13.00% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Kansas, 90.7% of adults have graduated high school, and 32.9 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Willis earns $56,250 a year, about $4,000 less than the national median of $60,293 and $1,200 less than the median household income across the state of $57,422.
Serious financial hardship is less common in Willis than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 4.20%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 12.4% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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