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The Changing Face of the American Household


October 2013 -- A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides an updated picture of the composition and complexity of American families and households, as well as trends in living arrangements.

The report notes that over the last few decades the trend in the U.S has been toward smaller households, fewer family and married-couple households, and more people living alone, especially at older ages

Key findings examining data from last 4 decades (1970-2012):












Note: A household contains one or more people; a family household has two or more related people (birth, marriage, adoption); a nonfamily household can be either a person living alone or a householder sharing the unit with non-relatives (roommates, boarders).


About: The data in this Census Bureau report are from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS) and the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). 

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2012, August 2013.