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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 11,817 100.00% 16,897 100.00%
Married Couple 6,958 58.88% 9,106 53.89%
With Children* 3,064 25.93% 3,762 22.26%
Without Children* 3,894 32.95% 5,344 31.63%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,331 11.26% 1,917 11.35%
With Children* 796 6.74% 1,101 6.52%
Without Children* 535 4.53% 816 4.83%
Male Householder, no spouse 428 3.62% 799 4.73%
With Children* 197 1.67% 465 2.75%
Without Children* 231 1.95% 334 1.98%
Non-Family Households 3,100 26.23% 5,075 30.03%
Living Alone 2,748 23.25% 4,178 24.73%
Two or More Persons 352 2.98% 897 5.31%

*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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