Sunday, July 02, 2006

Profile of two burgs

On July 30 I'll be leaving behind my happy home in Sacramento, CA to live on the other side of the country in the small, conservative town of New Windsor, MD.

I'll be on a self-imposed mission, a human rights assignment, an adventure of a lifetime, doing something I've not done before, with people I don't know, in a town I've never heard of and only recently seen on a map. I'll be reporting on my "Journey with the Brethren" from this Blog to give insight into the organization where I'll be a volunteer for the next two years. So to start my sojourn, I thought it would fun and maybe even educational to profile the two locations—they appear to be very diverse.

My destination...

New Windsor is a town located in Carroll County, Maryland. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,303... 491 households, and 369 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 95.24% White, 3.84% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 491 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,779, and the median income for a family was $55,972. Males had a median income of $40,403 versus $27,986 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,090. 2.7% of the population and 3.3% of families were below the poverty line. 4.0% of those under the age of 18 and 3.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. —Answers.com

Leaving behind...

Sacramento is the capital of the U.S. state of California and county seat of Sacramento County, California. As of the census of 2000, there are 407,018 people (2004 Est. 454,330), 154,581 households, and 91,202 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,617.4/km² (4,189.2/mi²). There are 163,957 housing units at an average density of 651.5/km² (1,687.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 48.29% White, 15.47% African American, 1.30% Native American, 16.62% Asian, 0.95% Pacific Islander, 10.96% from other races, and 6.41% from two or more races. 21.61% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 154,581 households out of which 30.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% are married couples living together, 15.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% are non-families. 32.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.35.

The median income for a household in the city is $37,049, and the median income for a family is $42,051. Males have a median income of $35,946 versus $31,318 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,721. 20.0% of the population and 15.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 29.5% of those under the age of 18 and 9.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. —Answers.com

Yes, I'll miss Sacramento: it's 50 miles of bikepaths, it's two major rivers, it's gold rush history, it's center of California politics and it's diversity of peoples and cultures. I'll miss my associates, friends and most of all my extended family and my Mom. The journey will be challenging, provocative and, I hope, beneficial to other than myself.

My heartfelt thanks to all those that helped and supported me in my new quest. Some of you played an even more important role by suppling reference letters and physical help with my move, this was especially appreciated.