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Households and Families

Households and Families

Household and Family Size

  • The share of people in non-family households is growing slightly.
  • The total number of households in Central Texas grew by 37% between 2000 and 2010, and is projected to grow an additional 25% between 2010 and 2020.
  • The average household size was 2.58 in 2010, unchanged since 2000, whereas average family size increased from 3.18 to 3.21 in the same time frame.

Household and Family Size

Households Composition

  • The distribution of housing units by family type and presence of children remains fairly consistent even as the total numbers increase in all types.
  • The greatest percentage increase between 1990 and 2010 was seen in single households with children.

Households Composition

Households

  • As the population grows, the total number of housing units tends to grow as well. The proportion of housing units that are owner-occupied, renter-occupied, or even vacant varies as larger cycles ripple through the region, such as boom-and-bust periods or regulatory changes encouraging or discouraging different development patterns.
  • The 2010 Census revealed more than 40,000 additional housing units than had been projected for the region, based on mid-decade estimates.
  • The Central Texas region’s vacancy rate is 8.3%, which is 2.2% lower than the national average for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the 2010 Census.
  • In 2010, 47.5% of the region’s housing units were owner-occupied, a rate 17% lower than the national MSA average.

Households
Housing Unit Tenure

CONTEXT

The population can also be viewed by the way individuals live together. The broadest unit is a “household,” which consists of all the people who occupy a housing unit. A house, an apartment or group of rooms, or a single room is regarded as a housing unit when occupied or intended for occupancy as independent living quarters.

The main subset is a “family household” which is a household maintained by a householder who is in a family (a group of two people or more related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together), and includes any unrelated people who may be residing there.

A “non-family household” consists of a householder living alone (a one-person household) or where the householder shares the home exclusively with people to whom he/she is not related.

The presence of children is tracked by various household and family types and can also reveal important trends in the changing fabric of a community.