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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 15,145 100.00% 15,552 100.00%
Married Couple 8,444 55.75% 8,019 51.56%
With Children* 3,720 24.56% 3,364 21.63%
Without Children* 4,724 31.19% 4,655 29.93%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,442 9.52% 1,586 10.20%
With Children* 852 5.63% 994 6.39%
Without Children* 590 3.90% 592 3.81%
Male Householder, no spouse 362 2.39% 531 3.41%
With Children* 163 1.08% 301 1.94%
Without Children* 199 1.31% 230 1.48%
Non-Family Households 4,897 32.33% 5,416 34.83%
Living Alone 4,230 27.93% 4,621 29.71%
Two or More Persons 667 4.40% 795 5.11%

*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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