New Kent 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 3,718 100.00% 4,925 100.00%
Married Couple 2,630 70.74% 3,282 66.64%
With Children* 1,202 32.33% 1,397 28.37%
Without Children* 1,428 38.41% 1,885 38.27%
Female Householder, no spouse 319 8.58% 442 8.97%
With Children* 143 3.85% 226 4.59%
Without Children* 176 4.73% 216 4.39%
Male Householder, no spouse 107 2.88% 173 3.51%
With Children* 48 1.29% 84 1.71%
Without Children* 59 1.59% 89 1.81%
Non-Family Households 662 17.81% 1,028 20.87%
Living Alone 547 14.71% 818 16.61%
Two or More Persons 115 3.09% 210 4.26%

*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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