Solo households now outnumber couples with children â€“ a demographic fact with major implications for REALTORSÂ® and homebuilders.
According to â€œExamining American Household Composition 1990 and 2000,â€ a Census 2000 special report, solo households grew 21 percent over the past decade, while the next most prevalent category, married couples without children, grew by only 11 percent.
â€œItâ€™s breathtaking how many people still think that the â€˜mom, pop and two kidsâ€™ is the majority of households,â€ said Peter Francese, the founder of American Demographics magazine who has studied U.S. demographic trends for 35 years. He expects single-adult households will continue to grow, noting the category may total 34 million by the 2010 census.
“The Way We Never Were”, a book by Evergreen State College professor Stephanie Coontz, offers an extremely readable and meticulously documented journey through American family history, debunking myths of American family life and replacing those stereotypes with intriguing doses of reality.