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Oswego County Demographic Profile

Population 122,377
Land area (square miles) 953
Persons per square mile 128.4
Persons under 18 years old 26.8%
Persons 65 years old and over 11.3%
Female persons 50.6%
White persons 97.2%
Black or African American persons 0.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons 0.4%
Asian persons 0.4%
Persons reporting other race 0.5%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin 1.3%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin 96.5%
High school graduates-- persons age 25+ 80.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher-- persons age 25+ 14.4%
Persons with a disability 21,502
Housing units 52,831
Homeownership rate 72.8%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units $74,200
Households 45,522
Persons per household 2.60
Median household income $36,598
Per capital personal income** $22,173
Persons below poverty 14.0%
   

Labor/Employment

Labor force (2003) 58,200
Average annual wage $31,012
Unemployment rate (2003) 8.8%
Private employment 40,600
Public sector employment 10,100
Educational/social service/health jobs 12,000
Manufacturing jobs 9,200
Retail trade jobs 7,000
Construction jobs 3,900
Self employed 3,200
Mean travel time to work, workers age 16+ (minutes) 24.4
Minority-owned firms 4.9%
Women-owned firms 39.1%
Local government employment 6,312
Metropolitan Area Syracuse, NY MSA
 *Source: 2000 US Census and NYS Dept of Labor