As of the census of 2000, there were 23,923 people, 9,938 households, and 5,316 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,094.5 people per square mile. There were 10,746 housing units at an average density of 491.6/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city was 91.11% White, 2.91% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.88% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.61% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.22% of the population.
There were 9,938 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 25.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,533, and the median income for a family was $39,623. Males had a median income of $28,013 versus $21,710 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,684. About 13.1% of families and 23.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.1% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.
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