Mike Madriaga 2:30 p.m., Sept. 19
Fewer Married Households in San Diego County
According to the 2010 census, the number of married households in San Diego County has fallen by nearly 2 percent during the past ten years.
In 2000, married couples occupied 50.7 percent of the 994,877 households in San Diego County. In ten years, that number has shrunk to 48.9 percent. Now, the recent census shows that of the 1 million households, married couples occupied 531,925.
The drop in households with married couples in the county is similar to that seen nationwide. In 1980, both spouses occupied nearly 61 percent of all American households. According to national census numbers that number has dipped below 50 percent.
The 2010 census also found the percentage of family dwellings with children under 18 has also decreased. In 2000, 33.9 percent of households were occupied by at least one parent and at least one child under 18. In 2010, the number of family dwellings with children fell to 31.3 percent.