Thursday, July 28, 2011

How many U.S.households are just like yours (interactive chart)

A married couple with 3 kids? Only .26% of all U.S. households!

This interactive page lets you look at the way in which your household fits into the demographic breakdown of all U.S. households.(H/T The Daily Capitalist)

It also lets you manipulate various permutations and combinations of household compositions in order to try and determine if there are any constant or developing trends.

Below the results are breakdowns comparing a family demographic type today to that same family type from the past, income statistics and ethnicity statistics.

Some examples of U.S. household demographics

Married couple, 3 kids one under 18 and 2 over 18: 298,000 households or .26%
Single female, 2 kids both under 18: 729,000 households or .65%
Single male, 2 kids both under 18: 293,000 households or .26%
The U.S. standard of a married couple with two kids: 8,200,000 households or 7.25%

The interactive page is at the New York Times here.

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  1. There were more single female households - 15.28% than single male - 12.05% in 2009; but what is interesting is that in comparison to the 60s the gap was even bigger then; 8.36% of single female households and 4.96% of single male households.
    More single female households in the 60s - by 3.4% compared to 3.23% in 2009.

  2. Wow, only 0.18% of families are like mine, married with five kids - I'll have to link to this interesting toy!