Martin 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 43,022 100.00% 55,288 100.00%
Married Couple 26,090 60.64% 30,424 55.03%
With Children* 7,038 16.36% 8,672 15.69%
Without Children* 19,052 44.28% 21,752 39.34%
Female Householder, no spouse 2,816 6.55% 4,088 7.39%
With Children* 1,455 3.38% 2,327 4.21%
Without Children* 1,361 3.16% 1,761 3.19%
Male Householder, no spouse 1,154 2.68% 1,682 3.04%
With Children* 540 1.26% 886 1.60%
Without Children* 614 1.43% 796 1.44%
Non-Family Households 12,962 30.13% 19,094 34.54%
Living Alone 10,756 25.00% 16,013 28.96%
Two or More Persons 2,206 5.13% 3,081 5.57%

*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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