Martin 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 9,129 100.00% 9,067 100.00%
Married Couple 5,616 61.52% 5,135 56.63%
With Children* 2,523 27.64% 2,094 23.09%
Without Children* 3,093 33.88% 3,041 33.54%
Female Householder, no spouse 582 6.38% 657 7.25%
With Children* 382 4.18% 452 4.99%
Without Children* 200 2.19% 205 2.26%
Male Householder, no spouse 180 1.97% 253 2.79%
With Children* 98 1.07% 155 1.71%
Without Children* 82 0.90% 98 1.08%
Non-Family Households 2,751 30.13% 3,022 33.33%
Living Alone 2,536 27.78% 2,716 29.95%
Two or More Persons 215 2.36% 306 3.37%

*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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