Coal 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 2,279 100.00% 2,373 100.00%
Married Couple 1,300 57.04% 1,309 55.16%
With Children* 563 24.70% 544 22.92%
Without Children* 737 32.34% 765 32.24%
Female Householder, no spouse 235 10.31% 252 10.62%
With Children* 123 5.40% 133 5.60%
Without Children* 112 4.91% 119 5.01%
Male Householder, no spouse 58 2.54% 93 3.92%
With Children* 30 1.32% 51 2.15%
Without Children* 28 1.23% 42 1.77%
Non-Family Households 686 30.10% 719 30.30%
Living Alone 649 28.48% 648 27.31%
Two or More Persons 37 1.62% 71 2.99%

*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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