Gibson 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 12,299 100.00% 12,847 100.00%
Married Couple 7,724 62.80% 7,462 58.08%
With Children* 3,557 28.92% 3,128 24.35%
Without Children* 4,167 33.88% 4,334 33.74%
Female Householder, no spouse 975 7.93% 1,178 9.17%
With Children* 567 4.61% 728 5.67%
Without Children* 408 3.32% 450 3.50%
Male Householder, no spouse 304 2.47% 452 3.52%
With Children* 153 1.24% 263 2.05%
Without Children* 151 1.23% 189 1.47%
Non-Family Households 3,296 26.80% 3,755 29.23%
Living Alone 3,013 24.50% 3,302 25.70%
Two or More Persons 283 2.30% 453 3.53%

*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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