As part of the Carsey Institute’s Policy Brief series, this summary highlights key findings from an analysis of Census data about family structure between 1995 and 2006. While the number of couples living together had increased over other family structures during this period, the number of children residing in cohabiting households grew the most in rural areas. The summary also provides information about other forms of family structure and the demographic characteristics of families with children. 

July 24, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the demographics of families with children have changed since 1995.

  2. 2

    How the demographics of families differ between children living in urban areas compared to children living in rural areas.

  3. 3

    How education, employment and income are related to family structure.

  4. 4

    How family structure has changed for rural children.

Key Takeaway

Rural Children and Family Structure

The proportion of rural children living in cohabiting households has nearly doubled since 2000. In contrast, the percentage of urban children living in a cohabiting household only rose slightly during the same time period. The data also shows that the proportion of rural children living in a married household declined during this period. 

Urban/Rural Changes in Family Structure

Findings & Stats