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1960 Census of Population: Supplementary Reports: Households, Married Couples, and Families in the United States: 1960

Report Number PC(S1)-23

The tables presented here are preprints of tables 78, 79, and 80 from Final Report PC(1)-1C, which contains additional summary information on the general social and economic characteristics of the population.

The number of households in the United States in 1960 was 53.0 million. The average size of household was 3.29 persons. This figure includes the head, his wife (if any), and the children, other relatives, and nonrelatives of the head who live in the same housing unit as the head. The average size of rural-farm households, 3.77 persons, was larger than that of rural-nonfarm households, 3.50 persons, or of urban households, 3.18 persons.

In 1960, there were 40.5 million married couples in the United States. This represented an increase of 15 percent over the 35.0 million reported in 1950. Married couples without their own households numbered only 871,000, or 2 percent of all couples, in 1960.

The number of families in the United States in 1960 was 45.1 million. (A family is a group of two or more persons who are related to each other and living in the same household.) Of these families, 25.7 million, or 57 percent, had one or more sons or daughters of the head under 18 years old (here referred to as "own children") living in the home.

The PDF to the right contains the 4-page report.

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

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