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.
How is Orange County performing?
The composition of households in Orange County changed little from 2000 to 2011-15. Orange had the highest proportion of married couples with children in the region at 27%, and another 27% was married couples without children. The rate of individuals living alone followed closely at 24%.
Among local municipalities, the proportion of households composed of a single person living alone was especially high in Highland Falls (42%), Tuxedo (38%) and Deerpark (37%). Kiryas Joel had a particularly high share of married couples with children, at 82%. In Newburgh, over 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.