Madison 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 5,522 100.00% 6,629 100.00%
Married Couple 2,924 52.95% 3,241 48.89%
With Children* 1,328 24.05% 1,303 19.66%
Without Children* 1,596 28.90% 1,938 29.24%
Female Householder, no spouse 947 17.15% 1,159 17.48%
With Children* 556 10.07% 664 10.02%
Without Children* 391 7.08% 495 7.47%
Male Householder, no spouse 232 4.20% 283 4.27%
With Children* 93 1.68% 145 2.19%
Without Children* 139 2.52% 138 2.08%
Non-Family Households 1,419 25.70% 1,946 29.36%
Living Alone 1,262 22.85% 1,685 25.42%
Two or More Persons 157 2.84% 261 3.94%

*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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