Wythe 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 9,852 100.00% 11,511 100.00%
Married Couple 6,074 61.65% 6,473 56.23%
With Children* 2,635 26.75% 2,481 21.55%
Without Children* 3,439 34.91% 3,992 34.68%
Female Householder, no spouse 1,024 10.39% 1,208 10.49%
With Children* 474 4.81% 613 5.33%
Without Children* 550 5.58% 595 5.17%
Male Householder, no spouse 282 2.86% 422 3.67%
With Children* 97 0.98% 228 1.98%
Without Children* 185 1.88% 194 1.69%
Non-Family Households 2,472 25.09% 3,408 29.61%
Living Alone 2,258 22.92% 3,024 26.27%
Two or More Persons 214 2.17% 384 3.34%

*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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