Wednesday, July 20
Don't Underestimate Nonfamily and One-Person Households
Creating housing for families is very important, and it is a great shame that many places in the Bay Area do not have enough housing suitable for families. But the number of nonfamily and one-person households is very sizeable and should not be dismissed as an irrelevant fringe demographic, as is often done.
|United States||California||Bay Area|
|total housing units||115,904,641||12,214,549||2,651,275|
|total nonfamily households*||33,277,342||3,526,531||891,870|
|% of housing units occupied by nonfamily households||28.7||28.9||33.6|
|% of housing units occupied by one-person households||23.5||22.1||24.9|
|--2000 United States Census, Summary File 3, Tables H1 and PCT2|
|* This includes householders living alone as well as those living with nonrelatives.|
As these statistics show, more than one in every five housing units in the United States as well as in California (and almost two in five in the Bay Area) are occupied by individuals living without relatives, and most of them live alone. Hence, it should not be seen as unreasonable for a locality to accommodate potential development of housing marketed toward small, childless households. The common statement that urban apartments and stacked condos will only appeal to singles and empty-nesters might often be true, but it does not imply per se that the market is tiny enough to relegate these housing types only to "adult Disneylands" like downtowns and novel mixed-use developments.
The [Census Bureau] report, based on new calculations of the 2000 and 1990 tallies, found that solo households grew by 21% over the decade, while the next-largest category, married couples without children, grew by 11%. As a result, married or unmarried couples with children make up 31.3% of all homes. Individuals make up 31.6%. [Emphasis added.]
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