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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 13,059 100.00% 13,691 100.00%
Married Couple 7,107 54.42% 6,949 50.76%
With Children* 3,658 28.01% 3,311 24.18%
Without Children* 3,449 26.41% 3,638 26.57%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,006 7.70% 1,153 8.42%
With Children* 710 5.44% 813 5.94%
Without Children* 296 2.27% 340 2.48%
Male Householder, no spouse 363 2.78% 540 3.94%
With Children* 190 1.45% 346 2.53%
Without Children* 173 1.32% 194 1.42%
Non-Family Households 4,583 35.09% 5,049 36.88%
Living Alone 3,699 28.33% 3,903 28.51%
Two or More Persons 884 6.77% 1,146 8.37%

*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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