Niagara 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 84,809 100.00% 87,846 100.00%
Married Couple 47,221 55.68% 44,173 50.28%
With Children* 20,921 24.67% 18,831 21.44%
Without Children* 26,300 31.01% 25,342 28.85%
Female Householder, no spouse 9,822 11.58% 10,819 12.32%
With Children* 5,625 6.63% 6,463 7.36%
Without Children* 4,197 4.95% 4,356 4.96%
Male Householder, no spouse 2,689 3.17% 3,590 4.09%
With Children* 1,115 1.31% 1,827 2.08%
Without Children* 1,574 1.86% 1,763 2.01%
Non-Family Households 25,077 29.57% 29,264 33.31%
Living Alone 22,119 26.08% 25,081 28.55%
Two or More Persons 2,958 3.49% 4,183 4.76%

*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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