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ERIC Number: ED143582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Household and Family Characteristics: March 1976. Current Population Reports, Population Characteristics, Series P-20, No. 311.
Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD. Population Div.
The report presents statistics on the characteristics of households and families in the United States, derived from the March 1976 Current Population Survey conducted by the Bureau of the Census. New features include characteristics of Spanish origin households; whether homes are owned or rented; and whether homes are located in single or multi-unit structures. The survey indicates that more than half of all households in the country contain only one or two persons. This could be a result of low fertility, postponement of marriage, the ability of young singles and the elderly to finance and maintain their own households, or marital dissolution. Despite increases in the rate of separation and divorce and the increasing tendency for young adults to establish their own nonfamily households, married couples still maintain nearly two-thirds of all households. Although it may be more difficult for young people to afford housing, this difficulty is not reflected by a decline in their level of homeownership. Black households are more likely to be residents of multi-unit housing than white households. During the current decade, the number of families headed by women who reported no husband present has increased by one-third. Most of the document contains tables of data illustrating these trends. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Demography, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Heads of Households, Minority Groups, Residential Patterns, Social Influences, Statistical Data, Tables (Data)
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($3.20, paperbound)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD. Population Div.
Note: Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to small type size of original document