This fact sheet describes the changes and characteristics of households and families in South Dakota from 1980 to 2010. Information indicates South Dakota has a slightly higher percentage of married couple families than the United States (50% vs 48%). The State also has a slightly higher percentage of male headed families with their own children under age 18 (3% vs 2%). The United States has a slightly higher percentage of female and male headed families, and female headed families with own children under age 18 (13% vs 10%). Historical data indicates the number of female- or male-headed households is increasing more rapidly than the traditional married couple households, and while married couple families with children have decreased in numbers, they still constitute by far the largest segment of the family. Married couples with children decreased from 1980 to 2010 by 21%, female-headed families with children increased 85% from 1980 to 2010, and male-headed families with children 293% from 1980 to 2010. Finally, the number of family households in South Dakota increased from 194,330 in 2000 to 206,964 in 2010. 8 references.
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