Cape Girardeau 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 23,390 100.00% 26,980 100.00%
Married Couple 13,550 57.93% 14,517 53.81%
With Children* 6,233 26.65% 6,344 23.51%
Without Children* 7,317 31.28% 8,173 30.29%
Female Householder, no spouse 2,077 8.88% 2,633 9.76%
With Children* 1,266 5.41% 1,645 6.10%
Without Children* 811 3.47% 988 3.66%
Male Householder, no spouse 531 2.27% 791 2.93%
With Children* 222 0.95% 429 1.59%
Without Children* 309 1.32% 362 1.34%
Non-Family Households 7,232 30.92% 9,039 33.50%
Living Alone 5,933 25.37% 7,365 27.30%
Two or More Persons 1,299 5.55% 1,674 6.20%

*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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