2010 census offers tidbits on changes within Becker County
The average Becker County resident lives in a $159,000 house, has a median household income of $44,300 and takes 21 minutes to drive to work.
Becker County's population is better educated than it was 10 years ago, and the financial crisis notwithstanding, 80 percent of residents still own their homes as opposed to renting --only a small drop from 10 years ago.
Recent data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that as of 2010, there were a number of significant changes regarding population, language, education, households and home ownership in Becker County.
The Bureau's findings are compared to previous statistics that were published in 2000.
Becker County showed an overall population growth of 2,504 people since 2000, an 8.3 percent increase, compared to 7.8 percent for the state as a whole.
As far as age demographics, the county's population tracks along nicely with the state as a whole, except it has more residents over age 65 -- 17 percent of its population is elderly compared to about 13 percent for the state as a whole.
The population is exactly half men and half women (according to 2009 figures, the latest available in this category). Women own 23 percent of the businesses.
There were 3,637 business in the county in 2007, mostly white-owned, but 2.3 percent were owned by American Indians.
The county is, of course, overwhelmingly white -- whites make up 88.4 percent of the population, with American Indians coming in second at 7.6 percent.
Asians and blacks make up less than half a percentage point each. Hispanics are at 1.2 percent. And 3 percent of county residents identify themselves as a mixture of two or more races.
One particular group had a major jump in numbers:
The "Black or African American" population in Becker County showed significant change, as it more than doubled. In 2000, the "Black or African American" population in Becker County was 58. That number grew to 130 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Here are population statistics for other ethnic groups in the area:
"American Indian and Alaska Native" numbers grew by more than 200.
The "Asian" population jumped from 108 to 130.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported no significant changes in the "Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander" population.
"Hispanic or Latino" numbers grew from 230 to 390.
The "white" population grew by nearly 2,000.
Foreign-born persons in the county slightly increased from 1 to 1.2 percent. Statewide, 6.5 percent of the population is foreign born.
There were 3,433 veterans living in the county from 2005-2009.
The number of people living below the poverty level in Becker County is 13.1 percent, compared to 10.9 percent statewide.
Languages other than English that were spoken at home were spoken by 4.4 percent of the Becker County population back in 2000.
In 2010, that number dropped to 3.5 percent. Statewide, nearly 10 percent speak another language at home.
High school graduates made up 82.9 percent of the Becker County population in 2000. In 2010, high school graduates made up 90.5 percent of the population.
Persons per square mile grew from 22.9 to 24.8.
Persons per household dropped from 2.49 to 2.34.
The number of households grew from 11,844 to 13,354.
The home ownership rate dropped slightly from 80.5 percent to 79.3 percent.
Statewide, the rate is 74.9 percent.
U.S. census information is updated every 10 years, with the next full round of information gathering set for 2020 (Some information is collected prior to the 10-year mark).
More information on the 2010 census changes for Backer County can be found by visiting www.census.gov/ and typing "Becker County Quickfacts" into the search bar.