U.S. Census Data for California: Married Couples with No Children are now the largest number of households, at 26%.
'New census figures show that the percentage of Californians
who live in "nuclear family" households — a married man and a woman raising their children — has dropped again over the last decade, to 23.4% of all households. That represents a 10% decline in 10 years, measured as a percentage of the state's households.'
'Those households, the Times analysis shows, are being supplanted
by a striking spectrum of postmodern living arrangements: same-sex households, unmarried opposite-sex partners, married couples who have no children. Some forms of households that were rare just a generation ago are becoming common; the number of single-father households in California, for instance, grew by 36% between 2000 and 2010.'
'Today, California is a stark reflection of a new dynamic: the traditional Hallmark card image is hardly obsolete, but it is the minority. And new sorts of households — blended families; bands of middle-class singles who live and vacation together; families that were once called "broken" — are increasingly the standard.'
'The Times analysis tracked changes in the proportion of categories of California's households using new census figures in order to draw the most meaningful conclusions while accounting for other demographic shifts. According to the analysis:
Households occupied by unmarried, opposite-sex partners rose by 20% between 2000 and 2010, and now make up 6.2% of California homes.
Single-parent households with children also rose by 20%, now making up 11.8% of California homes.
Households of married couples who do not have children rose by 4%, now 26% of the state's households.
The proportion of same-sex households rose by 25% between 2000 and 2010, increasing in every county in Southern California.
Analysts and many gay couples believe the actual number of gay households is not necessarily increasing that fast — but in a more welcoming world, the recognition of those households is.'