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Average Household Size

Trend at a Glance

At last count

2.6 people per household

Current Through

December 2012



What does this measure?

Household size measures the average number of people residing in a single housing unit, reflecting residents' 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 residents. A county can see an uptick in household size as residents seek roommates or move back in with family during financially hard times. Household size may decrease as residents 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. The lack of enough affordable housing units could generate a rise in household size among some population groups. This statistic also 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, programs and products.

How is Wake County performing?

Wake County's average household size, which hovers around 2.6 people per household, mirrors that of the nation. The State of North Carolina's households average closer to 2.5 people.

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 12/11/2014 3:14 PM by Stephen R. Walston