Changing Trends: Decline of Family Households in the United States, Yet Family-Exclusive Tracts Persist

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2023

Family households are becoming less common in the United States. In 1970, families made up 80.3 percent of all U.S. households. According to the American Community Survey, the figure had fallen to 65.1 percent of all U.S. households by 2021. A Social Explorer analysis, however, finds slightly more than 130 Census tracts – geographies that roughly approximate neighborhoods – consist entirely of families.

The largest tracts that include only families are found in some of the nation’s larger metro areas. They include a tract in Fulton County, Ga., that has 1,779 households; a neighborhood in Travis County, Texas, with 1,533 households; and one in Broward County, Fla., that contains 1,497 households. Only 62 U.S. Census tracts report no households with families; the largest is in Fort Myers, Fla., where none of the 641 households include families.

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Author: Frank Bass