Albany 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 115,824 100.00% 120,512 100.00%
Married Couple 54,534 47.08% 52,050 43.19%
With Children* 23,889 20.63% 22,613 18.76%
Without Children* 30,645 26.46% 29,437 24.43%
Female Householder, no spouse 13,355 11.53% 14,659 12.16%
With Children* 7,028 6.07% 8,971 7.44%
Without Children* 6,327 5.46% 5,688 4.72%
Male Householder, no spouse 3,566 3.08% 4,264 3.54%
With Children* 1,334 1.15% 2,094 1.74%
Without Children* 2,232 1.93% 2,170 1.80%
Non-Family Households 44,369 38.31% 49,539 41.11%
Living Alone 35,050 30.26% 39,776 33.01%
Two or More Persons 9,319 8.05% 9,763 8.10%

*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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