Adams 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 28,067 100.00% 33,652 100.00%
Married Couple 18,047 64.30% 20,551 61.07%
With Children* 8,367 29.81% 8,817 26.20%
Without Children* 9,680 34.49% 11,734 34.87%
Female Householder, no spouse 2,272 8.09% 2,876 8.55%
With Children* 1,188 4.23% 1,708 5.08%
Without Children* 1,084 3.86% 1,168 3.47%
Male Householder, no spouse 873 3.11% 1,350 4.01%
With Children* 447 1.59% 827 2.46%
Without Children* 426 1.52% 523 1.55%
Non-Family Households 6,875 24.49% 8,875 26.37%
Living Alone 5,597 19.94% 7,158 21.27%
Two or More Persons 1,278 4.55% 1,717 5.10%

*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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