It has been a while since we examined the demographics of Dorchester, so today we are
doing exactly that.
In short, we can tell you this: girls outnumber the guys, and Dorchester's average age is considerable younger than that of the state, overall -- which is a good thing.
According to U.S. Census bureau statistics, Dorchester's population in 2012 fell to 594. That's the first time in several decades that our community has fallen below the 600 mark.
Of the 594 residing in Dorchester, 45.7% (or 271) were male, while 54.3% (323) were female.
At the same time, Dorchester's population has become younger. The median resident age here in Dorchester is 35.5 years, versus the much older median age statewide, which is 42.2 years.
Of the 235 households in Dorchester, 71.2% contain families. (No, dogs and cats don't count, and they still can't vote.) That's higher than the rest of the state's households, of which 64.8% are family households.
The average household size in Dorchester is 2.5 people, the same as the statewide average.
Fewer in Dorchester are "shacking up," since 5.6% of households in Dorchester are comprised of unmarried partners. Statewide, the average is 6.0%.
The median household income in Dorchester in 2012 was $44,116 -- up from $34,000 in 2000. That does fall a bit short of Nebraska's median household income of $50,723, but recall that Dorchester's median home price is roughly $45,000 less than the state's overal median home price. In fact, according to the March 2012 cost of living index, Dorchester's cost of living is 75.9 on the index, which is much lower than the U.S. average of 100.
When examining the ethnic composition of Dorchester, here is the breakdown according to the Census:
- White alone - 515 (87.9%)
- Hispanic - 57 (9.7%)
- Black alone - 6 (1.0%)
- Two or more races - 6 (1.0%)
- American Indian alone - 1 (0.2%)
- Asian alone - 1 (0.2%)