Cumberland 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 73,452 100.00% 83,015 100.00%
Married Couple 44,585 60.70% 46,937 56.54%
With Children* 19,248 26.20% 19,128 23.04%
Without Children* 25,337 34.49% 27,809 33.50%
Female Householder, no spouse 5,586 7.60% 6,667 8.03%
With Children* 2,969 4.04% 3,916 4.72%
Without Children* 2,617 3.56% 2,751 3.31%
Male Householder, no spouse 1,807 2.46% 2,473 2.98%
With Children* 863 1.17% 1,405 1.69%
Without Children* 944 1.29% 1,068 1.29%
Non-Family Households 21,474 29.24% 26,938 32.45%
Living Alone 17,778 24.20% 22,203 26.75%
Two or More Persons 3,696 5.03% 4,735 5.70%

*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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