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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 2,344 100.00% 2,602 100.00%
Married Couple 1,467 62.59% 1,460 56.11%
With Children* 682 29.10% 610 23.44%
Without Children* 785 33.49% 850 32.67%
Female Householder, no spouse 190 8.11% 215 8.26%
With Children* 129 5.50% 138 5.30%
Without Children* 61 2.60% 77 2.96%
Male Householder, no spouse 81 3.46% 132 5.07%
With Children* 45 1.92% 80 3.07%
Without Children* 36 1.54% 52 2.00%
Non-Family Households 606 25.85% 795 30.55%
Living Alone 501 21.37% 628 24.14%
Two or More Persons 105 4.48% 167 6.42%

*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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