Merced 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 55,331 100.00% 63,815 100.00%
Married Couple 33,739 60.98% 36,854 57.75%
With Children* 18,663 33.73% 20,748 32.51%
Without Children* 15,076 27.25% 16,106 25.24%
Female Householder, no spouse 6,892 12.46% 9,013 14.12%
With Children* 4,705 8.50% 5,876 9.21%
Without Children* 2,187 3.95% 3,137 4.92%
Male Householder, no spouse 2,615 4.73% 3,893 6.10%
With Children* 1,393 2.52% 2,324 3.64%
Without Children* 1,222 2.21% 1,569 2.46%
Non-Family Households 12,085 21.84% 14,055 22.02%
Living Alone 9,777 17.67% 11,318 17.74%
Two or More Persons 2,308 4.17% 2,737 4.29%

*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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