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In the DFW, We're Old Working People With a Lot of Damned Kids

So, according to the Census Bureau, Dallas-Fort Worth is kind of like Tony Randall?

As part of its ongoing American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau today released social, economic and housing characteristics, as well as demographic and housing estimates, for some of the biggest cities in the country. And it's a pretty thorough study, dealing with everything from employment status to housing to marital status. I know, you're fascinated.

When it comes to older workers, the research indicates that nationally, about one in four folks between the ages of 65 and 74 are still on the job. Dallas-Fort Worth, which is slightly above the national average, ranks third, behind only Washington, D.C., and Boston. Some 27.9 percent of our workforce is considered an "older worker." It doesn't say how many just feel older.

In the old "married with kids" category, the nationwide average dropped a little: In 2000, 23.5 percent of all U.S. households consisted of Maw and Paw and some tykes under 18; now, that's about 21.6 percent. The God-fearin', baby-makin' DFW, naturally, is well above the national average, coming in second only behind Riverside, California, with a whopping 29.6 percent of households crawlin' with kin. --Robert Wilonsky

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