Melcher and Dallas were separate cities until they merged into one city in 1986.
There were 517 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,207, and the median income for a family was $42,167. Males had a median income of $32,788 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,600. About 6.1% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
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