Percent Distribution of Households by Type and Country: 1980 to 2006

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1304):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 84 rows and 11 columns.

Data are generally for the entire year, but in some instances they are only for a particular month within the year


  1. May include unmarried cohabitating couples. Such couples are explicitly included under
    married couples in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden. In Germany,
    cohabitants are grouped with married couples beginning in 2000. In other countries,
    some unmarried cohabitants are included as married couples, while some are classified
    under “other households.”
  2. Children are defined as unmarried children living at home according
    to the following age limits: under 18 years old in the United States,
    Canada, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, except that the United
    Kingdom includes 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds in 1981 and 16- and 17-year-olds thereafter only
    if they are attending school full-time; under 25 years old in France; and children of all ages in
    Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
  3. Includes both family and nonfamily households not elsewhere
    classified. These households comprise, for example, siblings residing
    together, other households composed of relatives, and households made up
    of roommates. Some unmarried cohabitating couples may also be included
    in the “other” group. See footnote 1.
  4. From family-based statistics. However, one person living alone
    constitutes a family in Denmark. In this respect, the Danish data are
    closer to household statistics.
  5. Break in series.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for single-parent households.
  7. Great Britain only (excludes Northern Ireland).


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This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.