Dona Ana 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 45,029 100.00% 59,556 100.00%
Married Couple 26,007 57.76% 31,211 52.41%
With Children* 14,024 31.14% 15,447 25.94%
Without Children* 11,983 26.61% 15,764 26.47%
Female Householder, no spouse 5,383 11.95% 8,776 14.74%
With Children* 3,540 7.86% 5,785 9.71%
Without Children* 1,843 4.09% 2,991 5.02%
Male Householder, no spouse 1,838 4.08% 2,925 4.91%
With Children* 1,019 2.26% 1,665 2.80%
Without Children* 819 1.82% 1,260 2.12%
Non-Family Households 11,801 26.21% 16,644 27.95%
Living Alone 8,815 19.58% 12,708 21.34%
Two or More Persons 2,986 6.63% 3,936 6.61%

*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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