Whatcom County Families: Structure and Composition
In Whatcom County and throughout the country, families are a major focus of the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted each year by the U.S. Census Bureau. A family in Whatcom County, as defined by the Census, includes a householder and all the other people in the housing unit related to him or her, by birth, marriage, or adoption.
Not all households in Whatcom County are family households. Nonfamily households include those composed of unrelated roommates, or single-person households. In addition, family households may include non-family members who live in the same housing unit. Note that the data in this report presents estimated counts of households in Whatcom County, not of people.
Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. For locations with populations under 60,000, the ACS is only available in 5-year estimates, rather than single-year periods. The 5-year estimates provide greater geographical granularity but a less granular time period.
How many households are family or nonfamily in Whatcom County, Washington?
How many family households have children in Whatcom County, Washington?
How many family households with children are headed by married couples in Whatcom County, Washington?
Who heads non-married family households with children in Whatcom County, Washington?
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates. The following tables are used:
• Total Households & by Type: Table B11001
• Households with Children: Table B11005
This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.