Bay County

HOUSEHOLD AND FAMILY STRUCTURE

A household is defined as one or more people living in a residence. A family is more than one person living together, either married or of the same bloodline. The head of a household is one of the people who owns or rents the residence and was indicated first on the Census questionnaire.

The tendency for people to marry at an older age and the number of married people getting divorced may have contributed to the overall drop in married couples. Also, it may more culturally acceptable for people to not get married at all or to have non-traditional relationships.

Household Types, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Total Households 48,938 100.00% 59,597 100.00%
Married Couple 28,753 58.75% 30,968 51.96%
With Children* 12,682 25.91% 12,398 20.80%
Without Children* 16,071 32.84% 18,570 31.16%
Female Householder, no spouse 5,432 11.10% 7,152 12.00%
With Children* 3,339 6.82% 4,490 7.53%
Without Children* 2,093 4.28% 2,662 4.47%
Male Householder, no spouse 1,423 2.91% 2,360 3.96%
With Children* 740 1.51% 1,347 2.26%
Without Children* 683 1.40% 1,013 1.70%
Non-Family Households 13,330 27.24% 19,117 32.08%
Living Alone 11,272 23.03% 15,486 25.98%
Two or More Persons 2,058 4.21% 3,631 6.09%

*In this table, children are people under age 18.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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