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 Ulster County performing?
The composition of households in Ulster County has not changed much from 2000 to 2011-15, with the exception of a 5-point decrease in the proportion of households made up of married couples with children. Ulster had a relatively high proportion of living alone households (30%), and a relatively low proportion of married couples with children (18%) when compared to the region and its other two counties. At 29%, the second most common household type in Ulster was married couples without children, a share closely in line with that of the region, state and nation.
Among local areas, the proportion of living alone households was especially high in Kingston (38%). The sample size was too small for reliable estimates in other communities in Ulster.
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.