Olmsted 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 40,058 100.00% 47,807 100.00%
Married Couple 23,914 59.70% 27,093 56.67%
With Children* 12,473 31.14% 13,365 27.96%
Without Children* 11,441 28.56% 13,728 28.72%
Female Householder, no spouse 3,003 7.50% 3,808 7.97%
With Children* 1,975 4.93% 2,592 5.42%
Without Children* 1,028 2.57% 1,216 2.54%
Male Householder, no spouse 820 2.05% 1,407 2.94%
With Children* 420 1.05% 852 1.78%
Without Children* 400 1.00% 555 1.16%
Non-Family Households 12,321 30.76% 15,499 32.42%
Living Alone 9,872 24.64% 12,358 25.85%
Two or More Persons 2,449 6.11% 3,141 6.57%

*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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