Polk 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 13,056 100.00% 16,254 100.00%
Married Couple 8,239 63.11% 9,454 58.16%
With Children* 3,843 29.43% 3,985 24.52%
Without Children* 4,396 33.67% 5,469 33.65%
Female Householder, no spouse 919 7.04% 1,206 7.42%
With Children* 620 4.75% 816 5.02%
Without Children* 299 2.29% 390 2.40%
Male Householder, no spouse 409 3.13% 665 4.09%
With Children* 221 1.69% 419 2.58%
Without Children* 188 1.44% 246 1.51%
Non-Family Households 3,489 26.72% 4,929 30.32%
Living Alone 3,041 23.29% 4,104 25.25%
Two or More Persons 448 3.43% 825 5.08%

*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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