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Households and Families

A household is composed of one or more people who occupy a housing unit. Not all households contain families. The number of households in the region continued to increase since 2000, except for Hampton County. The number of family households also increased in the same period in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. The postponement of family households can reduce a region’s requirement for single family construction, placing greater emphasis on smaller unit housing. Changes in the demographic makeup of the Lowcountry population should continue to be closely monitored for their impact on housing demand, as well as other economic factors.

Data Notes
Definition Household:  All the people who occupy a housing unit (such as a house or apartment) as their usual place of residence. A household includes the related family members and all the unrelated people, if any, such as lodgers, foster children, wards, or employees who share the housing unit. A person living alone in a housing unit, or a group of unrelated people sharing a housing unit such as partners or roomers, is also counted as a household. The count of households excludes group quarters. There are two major categories of households, "family" and "nonfamily."

Family Household:  A householder and one or more people living in the same household who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption. All people in a household who are related to the householder are regarded as members of his or her family. A family household may contain people not related to the householder, but those people are not included as part of the householder's family. Thus, the number of family households is equal to the number of families, but family households may include more members than families. Not all households contain families since a household may comprise a group of unrelated people or one person living alone.
Data Source U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Census and American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
Last Updated May 2024