What does this measure?
The percentage of households composed of married couples (with and without children), singles, and other variations.
Why is this important?
Changes in the types of households in a community can provide insight into the changing structure of families and the proportions of singles living alone.
Among local municipalities, the proportion of households composed of a single person living alone was especially high in Middletown (33%), Tuxedo and the Village of Warwick (both 35%), and Port Jervis (38%). Kiryas Joel had a particularly high share of married couples with children, at 81%. In Newburgh, about a quarter of households were single parents with children.
Notes about the data
Multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.