Clackamas 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 103,530 100.00% 128,201 100.00%
Married Couple 65,165 62.94% 75,126 58.60%
With Children* 30,254 29.22% 33,939 26.47%
Without Children* 34,911 33.72% 41,187 32.13%
Female Householder, no spouse 8,525 8.23% 11,547 9.01%
With Children* 5,164 4.99% 7,071 5.52%
Without Children* 3,361 3.25% 4,476 3.49%
Male Householder, no spouse 3,014 2.91% 4,997 3.90%
With Children* 1,699 1.64% 2,840 2.22%
Without Children* 1,315 1.27% 2,157 1.68%
Non-Family Households 26,826 25.91% 36,531 28.50%
Living Alone 21,264 20.54% 28,259 22.04%
Two or More Persons 5,562 5.37% 8,272 6.45%

*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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