As of the census of 2000, there are 19,680 people, 7,370 households, and 5,498 families residing in the city. The population density is 896.0/km² (2,319.8/mi²). There are 7,783 housing units at an average density of 354.4/km² (917.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 93.05% White, 4.38% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 7,370 households out of which 40.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% are married couples living together, 14.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% are non-families. 20.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.63 and the average family size is 3.02.
In the city the population is spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $37,462, and the median income for a family is $42,978. Males have a median income of $31,536 versus $22,275 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,036. 11.5% of the population and 9.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.1% are under the age of 18 and 11.3% are 65 or older.
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