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Important Facts for Utah Population Characteristics: Household Structure


Percentage of households by family type and presence of children.


Number of households in each family type and presence of children group.


Total number of households.

Why Is This Important?

The number of parents living with a child helps to determine the human and economic resources available to that child. Children who live with one parent are more likely to live in poverty than are children who grow up in households with two adults. Single parents also face specific challenges including lack of leisure time, increased need for child care, and stressed financial resources.

How Are We Doing?

Non-family households (either a householder living alone or with other, unrelated, persons) constituted less than a quarter (24.8%) of Utah households in the 2010 decennial census; the 2022 American Community Survey (ACS 1-year Table S1101) estimate was 26.5%. In 2010, of all Utah households, 7.8% were single householders with children; the 2022 ACS estimate was 4.9% (ACS 1-year Table CP02).

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2000, 63.2% of Utah households included a married couple, either with or without children; the 2022 ACS 1-year Table CP02 now estimates this proportion to be 59.5%. In 2000, the U.S. estimate was 51.7%; by 2022 this had fallen to 46.9%. When we examine married couple households in Utah we see that in 2000, 55.4% of these households had children under 18. By 2022, this percentage had fallen to 27.9%. The estimate for this type of household in the U.S. was 45.5% in 2000, and has since fallen to 17.7% according to 2022 ACS table CP02 1-year estimates.
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