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Average Household Size

Trend at a Glance

At last count

2.6 people per household

Current Through

July 2012



What does this measure?

Household size measures the average number of people residing in a single housing unit, reflecting citizens’ chosen living arrangements. While family size is certainly a main determiner of household size, this number also provides insight into the financial self-sufficiency of Wake County’s citizens. We may see an uptick in household size as residents seek roommates or move back in with family during financially hard times, while household size may decrease as citizens choose to live independently or with fewer roommates as finances stabilize. Housing size is also affected by the health and sufficiency of the housing market. If there are not enough housing units to accommodate a growing population, we may see a rise in household size. This statistic impacts population density, which in turn affects how planners shape land usage. School systems, residential and commercial developers, and transportation planners rely on this information when designing their services.

How is Wake County performing?

The Wake County average household size, which hovers around 2.6 people per household, mirrors the national average household size.

Did you know?

The average household size of owner-occupied households (2.71) is slightly higher than the size of renter-occupied households (2.41).

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Data is updated:

Data is made available annually in October by the US Census Bureau. Data is published here annually on or around October 15 by Wake County Planning, Development, and Inspections.

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Created at 1/3/2014 4:11 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 6/2/2014 3:55 PM by Lori K. Neumeier