The U.S. Census Bureau last week offered insight into the residency of Texas County.
The data is included in the agency’s 2010 demographic profile report that was released following the crunching of data related to the recently completed census.
Texas County’s median age is 42.1. That’s higher than the state average of 37.9. The median age of men is 40.2. Women are older: 44.2.
About 10 percent of the population – 9.7 – is 65 years of age or older. Of those, 4.5 percent are 80 years or older.
“In the past we would have expected quite a few of those folks to not be with us any longer, and a lot of those folks are still with us and have now moved up into that 85 and older age group,” said Matt Hesser, the Missouri state demographer.
An aging state population influences the types of issues affecting residents. The Missouri AARP found in a recent study it conducted that healthcare issues were one of the top concerns facing older adults. Other important issues involved having enough money to retire and being able to remain in their homes for as long as possible.
There are 10,057 households in the county. Of those 55 percent are husband-wife households. About 27.4 percent of the population lives alone: That includes 12.2 percent of the males and about 15.1 percent of the females.
About 29.8 percent of households in the county have children under the age of 18. Another 33.2 have someone 65 years of age or older.
About 86.1 percent of housing units were occupied at the time of the census. About 75.2 percent of the county’s population – 7,562 housing units – lives in a residence that they own. That represents about 18,361 residents. Another 5,750 are in renter-occupied units. About 1,900 are in some type of institutional setting, including the South Central Correctional Center at Licking.