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Data Dashboard: Average Household Size

Title

Average Household Size

Trend at a Glance

At last count

2.61 people per household

Current Through

2013

Category

People

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 determinant of household size, this number also provides insight into the financial self-sufficiency of Wake County’s citizens. An uptick in household size may indicate that residents are seeking roommates or moving back in with family during financially hard times, while decreasing household size may indicate that citizens choosing to live independently or with fewer roommates as their finances stabilize. The health and sufficiency of the housing market also affects household size. If there are not enough housing units to accommodate a growing population, we may observe 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, programs, and products.

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 for owner-occupied households (2.73) is slightly higher than for renter-occupied households (2.39).

Data Source

Data Considerations

There is a lag between the collection and reporting of census data; data for 2014 will not be released until March and June of 2015.

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official population estimates and population estimate revisions for prior years annually. County, state, and national data are released in March.

Related Resources

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Revisions

January 2015: Revised to reflect 2013 ACS estimates

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Created at 1/3/2014 4:11 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 2/25/2015 2:36 PM by Melinda B. Taylor
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