Household Type

  1. by Family Type Countywide
  2. by Jurisdiction
SourceU.S. Bureau of the Census: American Community Survey
Data TableHousehold Type
ExplanationThe composition of the family has changed drastically over the last 40 years. In 1970, married couples constituted 72% of the total families and by 2010, married couples had declined to just 50% of families.

As the proportion of married couples has decreased, the total number of single-person or non-family households has increased (from 20% to 34% of all families). Single-parent families also grew over the period.

In 2010, married-couple families constituted 58% of the households in rural areas of Thurston County – a proportion significantly higher than several of the urban areas (especially Olympia, Tumwater, Bucoda, Tenino) and the Chehalis Reservation. Not all urban areas, however, had lower proportions of married families; both Rainier and Yelm had over 50% of their households headed by a married couple in 2010.
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