Branch 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 14,921 100.00% 16,349 100.00%
Married Couple 9,053 60.67% 9,150 55.97%
With Children* 4,217 28.26% 3,911 23.92%
Without Children* 4,836 32.41% 5,239 32.04%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,477 9.90% 1,613 9.87%
With Children* 968 6.49% 1,018 6.23%
Without Children* 509 3.41% 595 3.64%
Male Householder, no spouse 481 3.22% 807 4.94%
With Children* 281 1.88% 492 3.01%
Without Children* 200 1.34% 315 1.93%
Non-Family Households 3,910 26.20% 4,779 29.23%
Living Alone 3,323 22.27% 3,959 24.22%
Two or More Persons 587 3.93% 820 5.02%

*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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