Population, Race and Ethnicity
Wright-Patterson AFB is a Census-designated place in Greene County, Ohio, with a population of 2,579. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 60.10% of residents identify as white, 19.10% as Black or African American, 0.20% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 10.80% as Hispanic or Latino, and 7.80% 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 Wright-Patterson AFB include German, Irish, European, English, and American. 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 Sudanese, Jamaican, and Croatian.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 95.30% of Wright-Patterson AFB 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 4.70% of the population that is foreign-born, 87.70% 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 Wright-Patterson AFB is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 22.1 years, 15.8 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 4.00% 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 Wright-Patterson AFB, 67.50% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 8.50% of households are occupied by single male householders, 4.20% by single female householders, and 19.80% 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 4.20% 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 Ohio and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Wright-Patterson AFB, 99.8% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 97.5% of the 5 and older population across Ohio only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Wright-Patterson AFB are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 40.2% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Ohio as a whole, 47.8% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is far less common in Wright-Patterson AFB than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 2.4% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Ohio, 12% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 55.8% of Wright-Patterson AFB residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Wright-Patterson AFB, 31.6% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.1% of the civilian population in all of Ohio.
In Wright-Patterson AFB, adults are more likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are also more likely to have a four-year college education. Among Wright-Patterson AFB residents 25 and older, 89.40% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 42.70% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Ohio, 90.1% of adults have graduated high school, and 27.8 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Wright-Patterson AFB earns $80,000 a year, about $19,700 more than the national median of $60,293 and $25,500 more than the median household income across the state of $54,533.
Serious financial hardship is less common in Wright-Patterson AFB than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 4.70%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 14.5% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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