Pender 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 11,112 100.00% 16,054 100.00%
Married Couple 6,707 60.36% 9,288 57.85%
With Children* 2,731 24.58% 3,442 21.44%
Without Children* 3,976 35.78% 5,846 36.41%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,371 12.34% 1,795 11.18%
With Children* 687 6.18% 959 5.97%
Without Children* 684 6.16% 836 5.21%
Male Householder, no spouse 342 3.08% 629 3.92%
With Children* 153 1.38% 322 2.01%
Without Children* 189 1.70% 307 1.91%
Non-Family Households 2,692 24.23% 4,342 27.05%
Living Alone 2,388 21.49% 3,679 22.92%
Two or More Persons 304 2.74% 663 4.13%

*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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