Athens 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 20,139 100.00% 22,501 100.00%
Married Couple 9,932 49.32% 9,797 43.54%
With Children* 4,764 23.66% 4,151 18.45%
Without Children* 5,168 25.66% 5,646 25.09%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,976 9.81% 2,067 9.19%
With Children* 1,247 6.19% 1,275 5.67%
Without Children* 729 3.62% 792 3.52%
Male Householder, no spouse 600 2.98% 846 3.76%
With Children* 289 1.44% 505 2.24%
Without Children* 311 1.54% 341 1.52%
Non-Family Households 7,631 37.89% 9,791 43.51%
Living Alone 5,189 25.77% 6,366 28.29%
Two or More Persons 2,442 12.13% 3,425 15.22%

*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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