Ida 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 3,222 100.00% 3,213 100.00%
Married Couple 2,121 65.83% 1,911 59.48%
With Children* 977 30.32% 782 24.34%
Without Children* 1,144 35.51% 1,129 35.14%
Female Householder, no spouse 140 4.35% 189 5.88%
With Children* 91 2.82% 116 3.61%
Without Children* 49 1.52% 73 2.27%
Male Householder, no spouse 56 1.74% 86 2.68%
With Children* 16 0.50% 47 1.46%
Without Children* 40 1.24% 39 1.21%
Non-Family Households 905 28.09% 1,027 31.96%
Living Alone 849 26.35% 942 29.32%
Two or More Persons 56 1.74% 85 2.65%

*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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