Hidalgo 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 103,479 100.00% 156,824 100.00%
Married Couple 68,872 66.56% 101,884 64.97%
With Children* 42,246 40.83% 60,706 38.71%
Without Children* 26,626 25.73% 41,178 26.26%
Female Householder, no spouse 15,483 14.96% 24,682 15.74%
With Children* 9,489 9.17% 14,377 9.17%
Without Children* 5,994 5.79% 10,305 6.57%
Male Householder, no spouse 3,557 3.44% 6,293 4.01%
With Children* 1,641 1.59% 2,864 1.83%
Without Children* 1,916 1.85% 3,429 2.19%
Non-Family Households 15,567 15.04% 23,965 15.28%
Living Alone 13,879 13.41% 20,529 13.09%
Two or More Persons 1,688 1.63% 3,436 2.19%

*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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