Mercer 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 45,591 100.00% 46,712 100.00%
Married Couple 27,331 59.95% 25,609 54.82%
With Children* 11,200 24.57% 9,993 21.39%
Without Children* 16,131 35.38% 15,616 33.43%
Female Householder, no spouse 4,674 10.25% 5,094 10.91%
With Children* 2,503 5.49% 2,848 6.10%
Without Children* 2,171 4.76% 2,246 4.81%
Male Householder, no spouse 1,270 2.79% 1,684 3.61%
With Children* 488 1.07% 848 1.82%
Without Children* 782 1.72% 836 1.79%
Non-Family Households 12,316 27.01% 14,325 30.67%
Living Alone 11,221 24.61% 12,597 26.97%
Two or More Persons 1,095 2.40% 1,728 3.70%

*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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