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 the region performing?
The composition of households in the Mid-Hudson Valley region changed little from 2000 to 2011-15. Households composed of married couples without children continued to be the most common type of household in the region, making up 29% of the total, on par with the state (excluding NYC) and slightly above the nation (27%). Individuals living alone and married couples with children made up the next most common types, representing 27% and 23% of total households respectively. The breakdown was similar for Dutchess County, while Orange had equal rates of married with children and married without children households (both at 27%). In Ulster, living alone was the most common (30%), followed very closely by married without children (29%) households.
Among local areas, the proportion of living alone households was especially high in Poughkeepsie (37%) and Kingston (38%), while Kiryas Joel had a particularly high share of married couples with children (82%). In the City of Newburgh 27% of households were single parents with children, well above the regional rate of 9%.
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.