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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 5: Family Formation

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Table 5. Formation of families by persons 20 to 24 years old, by race/ethnicity of householder: 1990 and 2000
 Race/Ethnicity
Year and family situationTotal1White2Black2Hispanic3
1990
  Total persons, 20 to 24 years old (in thousands)17,98814,8312,4781,960
Percent who are head of households25.825.925.723.6
  Total households headed by 20- to 24-year-olds (in thousands)4,6393,840636462
Percent of households by type100.0100.0100.0100.0
 Family households55.853.173.076.0
  Married-couple family households33.236.117.642.4
  Non-married-couple family households422.617.055.333.5
 Nonfamily households44.246.927.224.0
Percent of family households by home-ownership100.0100.0100.0100.0
 Owner families21.325.07.38.0
 Renter families78.775.092.792.3
Percent of family households by presence of own5 children
 Any children under 1860.555.287.364.7
  Children under 6 years57.953.083.063.0
  Children 6 to 11 years8.86.121.89.7
2000
  Total persons, 20 to 24 years old (in thousands)18,44114,6712,7622,755
Percent who are head of households26.826.429.526.0
  Total households headed by 20- to 24-year-olds (in thousands)4,9463,879815715
Percent of households by type100.0100.0100.0100.0
 Family households56.654.169.876.5
  Married-couple family households27.431.510.340.1
  Non-married-couple family households429.222.659.436.4
 Nonfamily households43.445.930.223.5
Percent of family households by home-ownership100.0100.0100.0100.0
 Owner families28.433.411.421.9
 Renter families71.666.688.478.1
Percent of family households by presence of own5 children
 Any children under 1863.760.777.968.7
  Children under 6 years60.258.071.466.4
  Children 6 to 11 years9.47.617.210.6
1Includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
2Includes Hispanics.
3Hispanics may be of any race.
4Includes single or unmarried-couple families.
5“Own” children in a family are sons and daughters, including stepchildren and adopted children, of the householder. Excludes householders under 18 years, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, other related or unrelated children, subfamily reference persons, and their spouses.
NOTE: A household is defined as a person or group of persons who live in a housing unit. A family is defined as a group of two or more people (one of whom is the householder, the person in whose name the housing unit is owned or rented) living together and related by birth, marriage, or adoption. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Household and Family Characteristics, no. 447; Marital Status and Living Arrangements; and America's Families and Living Arrangements, 2001.

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