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Table 19. -  Characteristics of families with own children under 18, by family status and race/ethnicity:\1\ 1996 [Numbers in thousands]
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                             |                    All races      |            White\2\               |           Black\2\             |      Hispanic origin\3\
                             |___________________________________|___________________________________|________________________________|________________________________
                             |         |        |Other families  |         |         |Other families |       |        |Other families |       |        |Other families
           Family            |         |Married-|________________|         |Married- |_______________|       |Married-|_______________|       |Married-|_______________
       characteristics       |  Total  | couple | Male  | Female |  Total  | couple  | Male  |Female | Total | couple | Male  |Female | Total | couple | Male  |Female
                             |         |families|house- | house- |         |families |house- |house- |       |families|house- |house- |       |families|house- |house-
                             |         |        |holder,|holder, |         |         |holder,|holder,|       |        |holder,|holder,|       |        |holder,|holder,
                             |         |        |  no   |   no   |         |         |  no   |  no   |       |        |  no   |  no   |       |        |  no   |  no
                             |         |        |spouse | spouse |         |         |spouse |spouse |       |        |spouse |spouse |       |        |spouse |spouse
                             |         |        |present|present |         |         |present|present|       |        |present|present|       |        |present|present
_____________________________|_________|________|_______|________|_________|_________|_______|_______|_______|________|_______|_______|_______|________|_______|_______
              1              |    2    |   3    |   4   |   5    |    6    |    7    |   8   |   9   |  10   |   11   |  12   |  13   |  14   |   15   |  16   |  17
_____________________________|_________|________|_______|________|_________|_________|_______|_______|_______|________|_______|_______|_______|________|_______|_______
                             |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
    Total families ..........|  69,594 | 53,567 | 3,513 | 12,514 |  58,869 |  47,873 | 2,712 | 8,284 | 8,055 |  3,713 |   573 | 3,769 | 6,287 |  4,247 |   436 | 1,604
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Total families with          |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  own children under 18 .....|  34,203 | 24,920 | 1,628 |  7,656 |  28,086 |  21,835 | 1,276 | 4,975 | 4,583 |  1,901 |   278 | 2,404 | 4,048 |  2,731 |   179 | 1,138
Percent of all families .....|    49.1 |   46.5 |  46.3 |   61.2 |    47.7 |    45.6 |  47.1 |  60.1 |  56.9 |   51.2 |  48.5 |  63.8 |  64.4 |   64.3 |  41.1 |  70.9
Percent distribution ........|   100.0 |   72.9 |   4.8 |   22.4 |   100.0 |    77.7 |   4.5 |  17.7 | 100.0 |   41.5 |   6.1 |  52.5 | 100.0 |   67.5 |   4.4 |  28.1
Families with--              |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  1 child under 18 ..........|  14,041 |  9,352 | 1,005 |  3,683 |  11,455 |   8,132 |   786 | 2,537 | 1,958 |    778 |   173 | 1,007 | 1,450 |    896 |    93 |   462
  2 children under 18 .......|  13,206 | 10,278 |   471 |  2,457 |  11,110 |   9,080 |   381 | 1,649 | 1,485 |    692 |    63 |   731 | 1,437 |    998 |    50 |   389
  3 children under 18 .......|   4,913 |  3,804 |   109 |  1,000 |   4,006 |   3,348 |    81 |   577 |   729 |    309 |    26 |   394 |   742 |    533 |    27 |   183
  4 children under 18 .......|   1,440 |  1,060 |    30 |    350 |   1,088 |     929 |    19 |   140 |   281 |     79 |    10 |   192 |   286 |    223 |     6 |    57
  5 children under 18 .......|     416 |    298 |     6 |    112 |     296 |     236 |     4 |    56 |    88 |     38 |     3 |    47 |    95 |     54 |     3 |    38
  6 or more under 18 ........|     188 |    128 |     7 |     52 |     131 |     111 |     5 |    16 |    42 |      7 |     2 |    33 |    37 |     27 |   --- |    10
                             |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
Total own children under 18 .|  63,783 | 47,467 | 2,425 | 13,890 |  51,694 |  41,349 | 1,852 | 8,493 | 9,027 |  3,721 |   461 | 4,845 | 8,904 |  6,169 |   335 | 2,400
Average number of children   |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  per family with children ..|    1.86 |   1.90 |  1.49 |   1.81 |    1.84 |    1.89 |  1.45 |  1.71 |  1.97 |   1.96 |  1.66 |  2.02 |  2.20 |   2.26 |  1.87 |  2.11
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Total families with          |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  own children under 6 ......|  15,450 | 11,782 |   624 |  3,043 |  12,656 |  10,341 |   474 | 1,841 | 2,084 |    876 |   113 | 1,095 | 2,138 |  1,525 |   101 |   512
Percent of all families .....|    22.2 |   22.0 |  17.8 |   24.3 |    21.5 |    21.6 |  17.5 |  22.2 |  25.9 |   23.6 |  19.7 |  29.1 |  34.0 |   35.9 |   2.4 |  31.9
Percent distribution ........|   100.0 |   76.3 |   4.0 |   19.7 |   100.0 |    81.7 |   3.7 |  14.5 | 100.0 |   42.0 |   5.4 |  52.5 | 100.0 |   71.3 |   4.7 |  23.9
Families with--              |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  1 child under 6 ...........|  10,672 |  8,024 |   492 |  2,157 |   8,769 |   7,021 |   388 | 1,360 | 1,423 |    614 |    76 |   732 | 1,352 |    966 |    79 |   307
  2 children under 6 ........|   4,081 |  3,287 |   107 |    687 |   3,387 |   2,899 |    72 |   416 |   501 |    236 |    26 |   240 |   654 |    475 |    14 |   164
  3 children under 6 ........|     626 |    430 |    26 |    170 |     457 |     389 |    14 |    54 |   135 |     20 |    11 |   104 |   120 |     81 |     7 |    32
  4 or more under 6 .........|      71 |     41 |   --- |     29 |      43 |      32 |   --- |    11 |    24 |      6 |   --- |    18 |    12 |      3 |   --- |     9
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Total own children under 6 ..|  21,299 | 16,239 |   791 |  4,269 |  17,236 |  14,198 |   569 | 2,469 | 2,991 |  1,199 |   170 | 1,623 | 3,408 |  2,399 |   144 |   866
Average number of children   |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  per family with children ..|    1.38 |   1.38 |  1.27 |   1.40 |    1.36 |    1.37 |  1.20 |  1.34 |  1.44 |   1.37 |  1.51 |  1.48 |  1.59 |   1.57 |  1.42 |  1.69
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Total families with          |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  own children under 3 ......|   8,818 |  6,930 |   396 |  1,493 |   7,256 |   6,074 |   306 |   875 | 1,149 |    519 |    68 |   562 | 1,307 |    926 |    74 |   308
Percent of all families .....|    12.7 |   12.9 |  11.3 |   11.9 |    12.3 |    12.7 |  11.3 |  10.6 |  14.3 |   14.0 |  11.9 |  14.9 |  20.8 |   21.8 |  17.0 |  19.2
Percent distribution ........|   100.0 |   78.6 |   4.5 |   16.9 |   100.0 |    83.7 |   4.2 |  12.1 | 100.0 |   45.2 |   5.9 |  48.9 | 100.0 |   70.8 |   5.7 |  23.6
Families with--              |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  1 child under 3 ...........|   7,874 |  6,228 |   353 |  1,293 |   6,498 |   5,451 |   275 |   772 | 1,025 |    482 |    58 |   485 | 1,130 |    816 |    65 |   249
  2 or more under 3 .........|     944 |    702 |    43 |    199 |     758 |     623 |    31 |   103 |   124 |     37 |    11 |    77 |   177 |    110 |     8 |    59
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Total own children under 3 ..|  10,191 |  7,918 |   451 |  1,822 |   8,289 |   6,907 |   337 | 1,046 | 1,382 |    597 |    89 |   696 | 1,699 |  1,184 |    94 |   421
Average number of children   |         |        |       |        |         |         |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |        |       |
  per family with children ..|    1.16 |   1.14 |  1.14 |   1.22 |    1.14 |    1.14 |  1.10 |  1.20 |  1.20 |   1.15 | (\4\) |  1.24 |  1.30 |   1.28 | (\4\) |  1.37
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\1\Race of family is defined as race of head of household.
\2\Includes persons of Hispanic origin.
\3\Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
\4\Averages and percents are shown only when the base is 75,000 or greater.
---Less than 500.

NOTE.--Because of rounding, details may not add to totals.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P20-495, Household and Family Characteristics: March 1996. (This table was prepared May 1998.)


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