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Table 18. Families, by family status and presence of own children under 18: Selected years, 1970 to 2003

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                                 |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |Change,|Change,
Family status                    |         1970|         1980|         1985|         1990|         1995|         2000|         2001|         2002|         2003|1970 to|1990 to
                                 |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |   1990|  2003
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                                 |                                                                In thousands                                                 | Percent change
                                 |_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________|_______________
     All families ...............|51,456(241.6)|59,550(256.4)|62,706(273.9)|66,090(292.5)|69,305(297.7)|72,025(311.6)|73,767(313.3)|74,329(327.6)|75,596(329.2)|   28.4|   14.4
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Married-couple family ...........|44,728(230.0)|49,112(241.0)|50,350(255.7)|52,317(272.7)|53,858(276.8)|55,311(289.5)|56,592(291.6)|56,747(299.3)|57,320(300.4)|   17.0|    9.6
  Without own children under 18 .|19,196(162.1)|24,151(181.9)|26,140(198.0)|27,780(213.9)|28,617(217.8)|30,062(230.5)|30,612(232.2)|30,955(234.6)|31,406(236.1)|   44.7|   13.1
  With own children under 18 ....|25,532(183.8)|24,961(184.5)|24,210(191.5)|24,537(202.8)|25,241(206.4)|25,248(214.1)|25,980(216.7)|25,792(216.5)|25,914(217.0)|   -3.9|    5.6
    One own child under 18 ......| 8,163(108.8)| 9,671(119.6)| 9,640(125.6)| 9,583(131.9)| 9,564(132.5)| 9,402(136.2)| 9,958(140.0)| 9,832(138.1)| 9,875(138.4)|   17.4|    3.0
    Two own children under 18 ...| 8,045(108.0)| 9,488(118.5)| 9,456(124.5)| 9,784(133.2)|10,358(137.6)|10,274(142.1)|10,478(143.4)|10,440(142.2)|10,520(142.7)|   21.6|    7.5
    Three or more own children   |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
       under 18 .................| 9,325(115.9)| 5,802 (93.5)| 5,115 (92.5)| 5,170 (97.9)| 5,319 (99.8)| 5,572(105.9)| 5,544(105.6)| 5,519(104.4)| 5,519(104.4)|  -44.6|    6.8
                                 |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
Other family, male householder,  |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
   no spouse present ............| 1,228 (42.9)| 1,733 (51.6)| 2,228 (61.5)| 2,884 (73.6)| 3,226 (78.2)| 4,028 (90.4)| 4,275 (93.0)| 4,438 (93.8)| 4,656 (96.0)|  134.9|   61.4
  Without own children under 18 .|   887 (36.5)| 1,117 (41.5)| 1,331 (47.6)| 1,731 (57.1)| 1,786 (58.4)| 2,242 (67.7)| 2,438 (70.6)| 2,535 (71.1)| 2,741 (73.9)|   95.2|   58.3
  With own children under 18 ....|   341 (22.7)|   616 (30.9)|   896 (39.1)| 1,153 (46.7)| 1,440 (52.4)| 1,786 (60.5)| 1,836 (61.3)| 1,903 (61.7)| 1,915 (61.9)|  238.1|   66.1
    One own child under 18 ......|   179 (16.4)|   374 (24.1)|   584 (31.6)|   723 (37.0)|   891 (41.3)| 1,131 (48.2)| 1,113 (47.8)| 1,162 (48.3)| 1,174 (48.5)|  303.9|   62.4
    Two own children under 18 ...|    87 (11.5)|   165 (16.0)|   213 (19.1)|   307 (24.1)|   405 (27.9)|   483 (31.6)|   544 (33.5)|   538 (32.9)|   534 (32.8)|  252.9|   73.9
    Three or more own children   |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
       under 18 .................|    75 (10.6)|    77 (10.9)|   100 (13.1)|   123 (15.3)|   144 (16.6)|   171 (18.8)|   179 (19.2)|   202 (20.2)|   208 (20.5)|   64.0|   69.1
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Other family, female householder,|             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
   no spouse present ............| 5,500 (89.9)| 8,705(113.7)|10,129(128.6)|10,890(140.1)|12,220(148.7)|12,687(156.9)|12,900(158.2)|13,143(158.6)|13,620(161.3)|   98.0|   25.1
  Without own children under 18 .| 2,642 (62.7)| 3,261 (70.6)| 4,123 (83.3)| 4,290 (89.4)| 4,606 (93.1)| 5,116(101.6)| 5,362(103.9)| 5,133(100.7)| 5,481(104.0)|   62.4|   27.8
  With own children under 18 ....| 2,858 (65.2)| 5,445 (90.7)| 6,006(100.0)| 6,599(110.2)| 7,615(118.8)| 7,571(122.8)| 7,538(122.6)| 8,010(125.1)| 8,139(126.1)|  130.9|   23.3
    One own child under 18 ......| 1,008 (38.9)| 2,398 (60.6)| 2,885 (69.9)| 3,225 (77.7)| 3,633 (82.9)| 3,777 (87.6)| 3,675 (86.4)| 3,967 (88.7)| 4,134 (90.6)|  219.9|   28.2
    Two own children under 18 ...|   810 (34.9)| 1,817 (52.9)| 1,977 (58.0)| 2,173 (64.0)| 2,450 (68.2)| 2,458 (70.9)| 2,476 (71.1)| 2,580 (71.8)| 2,486 (70.5)|  168.3|   14.4
    Three or more own children   |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
       under 18 .................| 1,040 (39.5)| 1,230 (43.5)| 1,144 (44.2)| 1,202 (47.7)| 1,531 (54.1)| 1,336 (52.4)| 1,388 (53.4)| 1,463 (54.2)| 1,519 (55.2)|   15.6|   26.4
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                                 |                                                                                                                             |    Change in
                                 |                                                           Percent of all families                                           |percentage points
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     All families ...............| 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) | 100.0(0.00) |     † |     †
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Married-couple family ...........|  86.9 (0.18)|  82.5 (0.21)|  80.3 (0.23)|  79.2 (0.25)|  77.7 (0.25)|  76.8 (0.27)|  76.7 (0.22)|  76.3 (0.22)|  75.8 (0.22)|   -7.8|   -3.4
  Without own children under 18 .|  37.3 (0.26)|  40.6 (0.27)|  41.7 (0.28)|  42.0 (0.30)|  41.3 (0.30)|  41.7 (0.31)|  41.5 (0.26)|  41.6 (0.26)|  41.5 (0.25)|    4.7|   -0.6
  With own children under 18 ....|  49.6 (0.27)|  41.9 (0.27)|  38.6 (0.28)|  37.1 (0.29)|  36.4 (0.29)|  35.1 (0.30)|  35.2 (0.25)|  34.7 (0.25)|  34.3 (0.25)|  -12.5|   -2.9
    One own child under 18 ......|  15.9 (0.20)|  16.2 (0.20)|  15.4 (0.21)|  14.5 (0.21)|  13.8 (0.21)|  13.1 (0.21)|  13.5 (0.18)|  13.2 (0.18)|  13.1 (0.17)|   -1.4|   -1.5
    Two own children under 18 ...|  15.6 (0.20)|  15.9 (0.20)|  15.1 (0.21)|  14.8 (0.22)|  14.9 (0.22)|  14.3 (0.22)|  14.2 (0.18)|  14.0 (0.18)|  13.9 (0.18)|   -0.8|   -1.0
    Three or more own children   |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
       under 18 .................|  18.1 (0.21)|   9.7 (0.16)|   8.2 (0.16)|   7.8 (0.16)|   7.7 (0.16)|   7.7 (0.17)|   7.5 (0.14)|   7.4 (0.14)|   7.3 (0.13)|  -10.3|   -0.6
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Other family, male householder,  |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
   no spouse present ............|   2.4 (0.08)|   2.9 (0.09)|   3.6 (0.11)|   4.4 (0.12)|   4.7 (0.13)|   5.6 (0.15)|   5.8 (0.12)|   6.0 (0.12)|   6.2 (0.12)|    2.0|    1.7
  Without own children under 18 .|   1.7 (0.07)|   1.9 (0.07)|   2.1 (0.08)|   2.6 (0.10)|   2.6 (0.10)|   3.1 (0.11)|   3.3 (0.09)|   3.4 (0.09)|   3.6 (0.10)|    0.9|    0.9
  With own children under 18 ....|   0.7 (0.04)|   1.0 (0.06)|   1.4 (0.07)|   1.7 (0.08)|   2.1 (0.09)|   2.5 (0.10)|   2.5 (0.08)|   2.6 (0.08)|   2.5 (0.08)|    1.1|    0.7
    One own child under 18 ......|   0.3 (0.03)|   0.6 (0.04)|   0.9 (0.06)|   1.1 (0.06)|   1.3 (0.07)|   1.6 (0.08)|   1.5 (0.06)|   1.6 (0.06)|   1.6 (0.06)|    0.7|    0.4
    Two own children under 18 ...|   0.2 (0.02)|   0.3 (0.03)|   0.3 (0.03)|   0.5 (0.04)|   0.6 (0.05)|   0.7 (0.05)|   0.7 (0.05)|   0.7 (0.04)|   0.7 (0.04)|    0.3|    0.1
    Three or more own children   |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
       under 18 .................|   0.1 (0.02)|   0.1 (0.02)|   0.2 (0.02)|   0.2 (0.03)|   0.2 (0.03)|   0.2 (0.03)|   0.2 (0.03)|   0.3 (0.03)|   0.3 (0.03)|     # |     #
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Other family, female householder,|             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
   no spouse present ............|  10.7 (0.17)|  14.6 (0.19)|  16.2 (0.21)|  16.5 (0.23)|  17.6 (0.23)|  17.6 (0.24)|  17.5 (0.20)|  17.7 (0.20)|  18.0 (0.20)|    5.8|    1.4
  Without own children under 18 .|   5.1 (0.12)|   5.5 (0.12)|   6.6 (0.14)|   6.5 (0.15)|   6.6 (0.15)|   7.1 (0.16)|   7.3 (0.14)|   6.9 (0.13)|   7.3 (0.13)|    1.4|    0.7
  With own children under 18 ....|   5.6 (0.12)|   9.1 (0.16)|   9.6 (0.17)|  10.0 (0.18)|  11.0 (0.19)|  10.5 (0.19)|  10.2 (0.16)|  10.8 (0.16)|  10.8 (0.16)|    4.4|    0.7
    One own child under 18 ......|   2.0 (0.08)|   4.0 (0.11)|   4.6 (0.12)|   4.9 (0.13)|   5.2 (0.14)|   5.2 (0.14)|   5.0 (0.12)|   5.3 (0.12)|   5.5 (0.12)|    2.9|    0.5
    Two own children under 18 ...|   1.6 (0.07)|   3.1 (0.09)|   3.2 (0.10)|   3.3 (0.11)|   3.5 (0.11)|   3.4 (0.12)|   3.4 (0.10)|   3.5 (0.10)|   3.3 (0.09)|    1.7|   -0.1
    Three or more own children   |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |             |       |
       under 18 .................|   2.0 (0.08)|   2.1 (0.08)|   1.8 (0.08)|   1.8 (0.08)|   2.2 (0.09)|   1.9 (0.09)|   1.9 (0.07)|   2.0 (0.07)|   2.0 (0.07)|   -0.2|    0.1
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†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.

NOTE: Own children are never-married sons and daughters, including stepchildren and adopted children, of the householder or married couple. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Household and Family Characteristics, selected years 1995-98, America's Families and Living Arrangements, 1999 and 2000; and Children's Living Arrangements and Characteristics, 2001 and 2002; Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2003. (This table was prepared June 2005.)