Jackson 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 252,582 100.00% 266,294 100.00%
Married Couple 121,736 48.20% 115,602 43.41%
With Children* 53,609 21.22% 49,824 18.71%
Without Children* 68,127 26.97% 65,778 24.70%
Female Householder, no spouse 34,400 13.62% 39,248 14.74%
With Children* 20,491 8.11% 24,033 9.02%
Without Children* 13,909 5.51% 15,215 5.71%
Male Householder, no spouse 8,225 3.26% 11,293 4.24%
With Children* 3,807 1.51% 5,898 2.21%
Without Children* 4,418 1.75% 5,395 2.03%
Non-Family Households 88,221 34.93% 100,151 37.61%
Living Alone 74,760 29.60% 83,059 31.19%
Two or More Persons 13,461 5.33% 17,092 6.42%

*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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