Buncombe 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 70,802 100.00% 85,776 100.00%
Married Couple 39,637 55.98% 43,280 50.46%
With Children* 15,895 22.45% 16,783 19.57%
Without Children* 23,742 33.53% 26,497 30.89%
Female Householder, no spouse 7,684 10.85% 9,227 10.76%
With Children* 4,046 5.71% 5,213 6.08%
Without Children* 3,638 5.14% 4,014 4.68%
Male Householder, no spouse 2,014 2.84% 3,154 3.68%
With Children* 869 1.23% 1,615 1.88%
Without Children* 1,145 1.62% 1,539 1.79%
Non-Family Households 21,467 30.32% 30,115 35.11%
Living Alone 18,868 26.65% 24,783 28.89%
Two or More Persons 2,599 3.67% 5,332 6.22%

*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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