Cato, Michigan Population 2024

3,001

Cato is a city located in Mecosta County and Montcalm County Michigan. Cato has a 2024 population of 3,001. Cato is currently growing at a rate of 0.67% annually and its population has increased by 3.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,903 in 2020.

The average household income in Cato is $77,770 with a poverty rate of 14.4%. The median age in Cato is 37.3 years: 34.4 years for males, and 42.7 years for females.

Cato Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cato was:

  • White: 87.88%
  • Black or African American: 6.97%
  • Two or more races: 4.85%
  • Asian: 0.31%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
35.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
85.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.38% (98)
The current population of Cato, Michigan is 3,001 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 2,903.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White2,57387.88%
Black or African American2046.97%
Two or more races1424.85%
Asian90.31%
Native American00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%
Other race00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Cato Population by Race

Cato Population Pyramid 2024

Cato Median Age

37.3

Total

34.4

Male

42.7

Female

Cato Adults

There are 2,230 adults, (491 of whom are seniors) in Cato.

Cato Age Dependency

68.4

Age Dependency Ratio

28.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Cato Sex Ratio

Female1,31044.74%
Male1,61855.26%

Cato Population by Age

Cato Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,0282.8278.321.7
Married5173.3689.210.8
Non Family2751.4164.435.6
Male1252.828020
Female1113.7760.439.6

3.12

Average Family Size

2.82

Average Household Size

78.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Cato Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade20010.04%
Associates Degree1487.43%
Bachelors Degree28014.05%
Graduate Degree512.56%
High School Graduate85342.8%
Less Than 9th Grade944.72%
Some College36718.41%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Cato Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Cato Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White1,7201,450298
Black1811760
Hispanic635126
2+ Races48418
Asian444

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Cato Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$56,453$85,833$55,845
Graduate Degree$129,583$133,438$128,333
High School Graduate$33,472$34,857$20,950
Less Than 9th Grade$53,750$52,841$62,900
Overall$45,802$46,451$38,929
Some College$41,902$51,696$34,375

$45,802

Average Earnings

$46,451

Average Male

$38,929

Average Female

Cato Earnings by Educational Attainment

Cato Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Cato Language

96.42% of Cato residents speak only English, while 3.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.63% of the population.

Cato Language

Cato Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White2,42924910.25%
Black1999648.24%
Hispanic1414129.08%
Multiple1392517.99%

14.4%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.42%

Male Poverty Rate

16.86%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cato

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cato is Black, with 48.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cato is White, with 10.25% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.1%.

Cato Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School21.7%
Less Than 9th Grade13.77%
Some College6.5%
Bachelors or Greater0%

Cato Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed62.92%
Female Unemployed62.5%
Female Employed5.31%
Male Employed1.14%

Cato Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Cato Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$64,005$84,959
Households$63,868$77,770
Married Families$88,911$-999,999,999
Non Families$31,583$44,757

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Cato Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.3%

Male Marriage Rate

46.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Cato Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Cato Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Cato Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Cato Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

260

Number of Veterans

189

Male Veterans

71

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War96
First Gulf War78
Vietnam63
Korea3
World War II0

Cato Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 54105
18 to 3450
65 to 7447
55 to 6431
75+27

Cato Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White25713.04%
Hispanic911.84%
2+ Races36.25%

Cato Veterans by Race

Cato Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.92%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cato Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

52.3%

Labor Force Participation

48.1%

Employment Rate

8%

Unemployment Rate

Cato Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Cato Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Cato Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

83.54%

Born in Cato

98.12%

Native Born

1.88%

Foreign Born

0.24%

Non Citizen

1.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.12% of Cato residents were born in the United States, with 83.54% having been born in Michigan. 0.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from North America.

Cato Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20293,101200.65%
20283,081200.65%
20273,061200.66%
20263,041200.66%
20253,021200.67%
20243,001200.67%
20232,981200.68%
20222,961200.68%
20212,941381.31%
20202,9031545.6%
20192,749-8-0.29%
20182,75730.11%
20172,754200.73%
20162,734100.37%
20152,72430.11%
20142,721-1-0.04%
20132,722-3-0.11%
20122,725-7-0.26%
20112,732-2-0.07%
20102,73400%

Cato Population by Year