Lewis and Clark 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 18,649 100.00% 22,850 100.00%
Married Couple 10,233 54.87% 11,983 52.44%
With Children* 4,954 26.56% 5,313 23.25%
Without Children* 5,279 28.31% 6,670 29.19%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,828 9.80% 2,107 9.22%
With Children* 1,302 6.98% 1,494 6.54%
Without Children* 526 2.82% 613 2.68%
Male Householder, no spouse 549 2.94% 868 3.80%
With Children* 338 1.81% 547 2.39%
Without Children* 211 1.13% 321 1.40%
Non-Family Households 6,039 32.38% 7,892 34.54%
Living Alone 5,229 28.04% 6,644 29.08%
Two or More Persons 810 4.34% 1,248 5.46%

*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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