Mercer 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 116,941 100.00% 125,807 100.00%
Married Couple 62,715 53.63% 63,604 50.56%
With Children* 27,816 23.79% 29,799 23.69%
Without Children* 34,899 29.84% 33,805 26.87%
Female Householder, no spouse 15,448 13.21% 17,418 13.85%
With Children* 7,282 6.23% 9,272 7.37%
Without Children* 8,166 6.98% 8,146 6.47%
Male Householder, no spouse 4,284 3.66% 5,266 4.19%
With Children* 1,389 1.19% 2,204 1.75%
Without Children* 2,895 2.48% 3,062 2.43%
Non-Family Households 34,494 29.50% 39,519 31.41%
Living Alone 28,277 24.18% 32,246 25.63%
Two or More Persons 6,217 5.32% 7,273 5.78%

*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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