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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 25,597 100.00% 31,484 100.00%
Married Couple 17,465 68.23% 20,236 64.27%
With Children* 9,581 37.43% 9,804 31.14%
Without Children* 7,884 30.80% 10,432 33.13%
Female Householder, no spouse 2,245 8.77% 3,056 9.71%
With Children* 1,509 5.90% 2,008 6.38%
Without Children* 736 2.88% 1,048 3.33%
Male Householder, no spouse 674 2.63% 1,140 3.62%
With Children* 396 1.55% 729 2.32%
Without Children* 278 1.09% 411 1.31%
Non-Family Households 5,213 20.37% 7,052 22.40%
Living Alone 4,625 18.07% 6,045 19.20%
Two or More Persons 588 2.30% 1,007 3.20%

*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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