Families

A family includes a householder and one or more other people living in the same household who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption.

All people in a household who are related to the householder are regarded as members of his or her family. A family household may contain people not related to the householder, but those people are not included as part of the householder's family in census tabulations. The number of family households is equal to the number of families, but family households may include more members than do families.

A household can contain only one family for purposes of census tabulations. Not all households contain families since a household may be comprised of a group of unrelated people or of one person living alone.

Categories reported:

  • Families (Total)

  • Families Change

  • Percent Change

Families: Forecast by Size

Number of persons per family household. This variable indicates the size of family households in a selected geography. Two data points are reported.

Categories reported:

  • 2-person household

  • 3-person household

  • 4-person household

  • 5-person household

  • 6-person household

  • 7-or-more person household

Families/Nonfamilies with Children

Households in which at least one child under 18 resides. The residents may or may not be family. Two data points are reported.

Categories reported:

  • Family: Married-couple

  • Other Family: Female Householder, no husband present

  • Other Family: Male Householder, no wife present

  • Nonfamily: Female Householder

  • Nonfamily: Male Householder

Families/Nonfamilies with No Children

Households in which no children under 18 reside. The residents may or may not be family. Two data points are reported.

Categories reported:

  • Family: Married-couple

  • Other Family: Female Householder, no husband present

  • Other Family: Male Householder, no wife present

  • Nonfamily: Female Householder

  • Nonfamily: Male Householder

Families: Poverty

Families are classified below the poverty level when the total income of the family or of the nonfamily householder is below the appropriate poverty threshold. The poverty thresholds vary depending upon three criteria: size of family, number of children, and age of the family householder or unrelated individual for one and two-person households.

The poverty thresholds are revised annually to allow for changes in the cost of living as reflected in the Consumer Price Index. Poverty thresholds are applied on a national basis and not adjusted for regional, state or local variations in the cost of living.

This variable summarizes the number of families above and below the poverty level, Two data points are reported; 2010 census and an estimate for the current year.

Categories reported in summary form include:

  • Above poverty level

  • Below poverty level

Categories reported in detail form include:

  • Above Poverty Level

    • Married-couple family: With related children under 18 years
    • Male Householder: no wife present: With related children under 18 years
    • Male Householder: no wife present: No related children under 18 years
    • Female Householder: no husband present: With related children under 18 years
    • Female Householder: no husband present: No related children under 18 years
  • Below Poverty Level
    • Married-couple family: With related children under 18 years
    • Male Householder: no wife present: With related children under 18 years
    • Male Householder: no wife present: No related children under 18 years
    • Female Householder: no husband present: With related children under 18 years
    • Female Householder: no husband present: No related children under 18 years