While the U.S. Census released its first general population numbers this week, last week the Census also released the results of the American Community Survey, which sheds some light on race, income, housing and education in McPherson specifically.
In the survey, the city is divided into three tracts. The first tract encompasses roughly the entire city north of First Street and two miles north of McPherson. The second tract covers the heart of the city, from First Street to Avenue A and Gildersleeve to Oak St. The third tract covers the eastern part of the city south of First Street and wraps around the city and extends several miles and south and west of McPherson.
All three tracts show McPherson remains overwhelmingly white, with whites constituting 89 percent of the population in tract one, 94 percent in tract two and 94 percent in tract three.
The foreign-born population remains under 3 percent in all three tracts.
In regards to income, in tract one 33 percent of households earn less than $30,000 a year and 49 percent earn between $30,000 and $100,000 a year.
For tract two, 33 percent earn less than $30,000 and 63 percent earn between $30,000 and $100,000 a year.
In tract three, 28 percent earn less than $30,000 and 61 percent earn between $30,000 and $100,000 a year.
Median household income for tract one is $50,615 while in tract two it is $38,713. Both tracts record a 14 percent drop in the median income since 2000.
Median home values have increased in all three tracts, most notably in tract one where the median home value is $150,000, a 21 percent increase since 2000.
Twenty-eight percent of mortgages in tract one consume 30 percent of household income, a 17 percent increase since 2000, while only 1 percent of mortgages in tract two consume 30 percent of household income, a 6 percent decrease since 2000. Eighteen percent of mortgages in tract three consume 30 percent of income.
McPherson residents have graduated high school in overwhelming numbers, with 88-94 percent of all residents graduating in all three tracts and between 23-30 percent of residents holding bachelor’s degrees.
The survey also showed same-sex couples made up zero percent of households in all three tracts.