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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 11,838 100.00% 12,818 100.00%
Married Couple 7,161 60.49% 7,093 55.34%
With Children* 3,225 27.24% 2,791 21.77%
Without Children* 3,936 33.25% 4,302 33.56%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,080 9.12% 1,151 8.98%
With Children* 686 5.79% 698 5.45%
Without Children* 394 3.33% 453 3.53%
Male Householder, no spouse 321 2.71% 450 3.51%
With Children* 150 1.27% 278 2.17%
Without Children* 171 1.44% 172 1.34%
Non-Family Households 3,276 27.67% 4,124 32.17%
Living Alone 2,916 24.63% 3,557 27.75%
Two or More Persons 360 3.04% 567 4.42%

*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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