Sierra 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 1,336 100.00% 1,520 100.00%
Married Couple 810 60.63% 807 53.09%
With Children* 325 24.33% 297 19.54%
Without Children* 485 36.30% 510 33.55%
Female Householder, no spouse 76 5.69% 120 7.89%
With Children* 48 3.59% 85 5.59%
Without Children* 28 2.10% 35 2.30%
Male Householder, no spouse 42 3.14% 59 3.88%
With Children* 29 2.17% 38 2.50%
Without Children* 13 0.97% 21 1.38%
Non-Family Households 408 30.54% 534 35.13%
Living Alone 351 26.27% 441 29.01%
Two or More Persons 57 4.27% 93 6.12%

*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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