Cass 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 14,659 100.00% 15,715 100.00%
Married Couple 8,794 59.99% 8,791 55.94%
With Children* 3,999 27.28% 3,729 23.73%
Without Children* 4,795 32.71% 5,062 32.21%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,421 9.69% 1,477 9.40%
With Children* 892 6.08% 892 5.68%
Without Children* 529 3.61% 585 3.72%
Male Householder, no spouse 394 2.69% 660 4.20%
With Children* 215 1.47% 354 2.25%
Without Children* 179 1.22% 306 1.95%
Non-Family Households 4,050 27.63% 4,787 30.46%
Living Alone 3,589 24.48% 4,069 25.89%
Two or More Persons 461 3.14% 718 4.57%

*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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