Plymouth 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 149,519 100.00% 168,361 100.00%
Married Couple 90,167 60.30% 95,906 56.96%
With Children* 45,260 30.27% 46,958 27.89%
Without Children* 44,907 30.03% 48,948 29.07%
Female Householder, no spouse 17,798 11.90% 20,092 11.93%
With Children* 9,658 6.46% 11,168 6.63%
Without Children* 8,140 5.44% 8,924 5.30%
Male Householder, no spouse 4,888 3.27% 6,423 3.82%
With Children* 1,762 1.18% 2,910 1.73%
Without Children* 3,126 2.09% 3,513 2.09%
Non-Family Households 36,666 24.52% 45,940 27.29%
Living Alone 30,043 20.09% 37,324 22.17%
Two or More Persons 6,623 4.43% 8,616 5.12%

*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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