Houston 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 6,844 100.00% 7,633 100.00%
Married Couple 4,382 64.03% 4,580 60.00%
With Children* 2,144 31.33% 2,072 27.15%
Without Children* 2,238 32.70% 2,508 32.86%
Female Householder, no spouse 492 7.19% 567 7.43%
With Children* 312 4.56% 404 5.29%
Without Children* 180 2.63% 163 2.14%
Male Householder, no spouse 179 2.62% 261 3.42%
With Children* 77 1.13% 146 1.91%
Without Children* 102 1.49% 115 1.51%
Non-Family Households 1,791 26.17% 2,225 29.15%
Living Alone 1,604 23.44% 1,936 25.36%
Two or More Persons 187 2.73% 289 3.79%

*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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