Why this is important
Household composition in Dakota County is affected by many factors: changes in diversity, increasing median age, and social trends such as later marriages and parenthood, and childless couples. The corresponding needs and preferences will reflect different lifestyles, circumstances, and phases of life. For example, decreasing household size may lead to a demand for smaller and more affordable housing, accessible housing is needed for less mobile older adults, or multifamily units might be desirable for those who do not want to maintain yards and property.
What the data show
The figure below show changes in household types over the last two decades. The American Community Survey estimated there were 152,289 (+/-1,993) households in Dakota County in 2011 (484 fewer households compared to 2010). The number of people in a household is also decreasing in Dakota County primarily because the household type “married couples with children” has been decreasing steadily over the last two decades (down from 36.2% in 1990 to 24.6% in 2011), while all other types of household have been increasing over the same period. Married couples without children household increased slightly between 1990 (28.1%) and 2011 (29.9%). Married couples without children households are now the largest household type in the County. The number of households in the single person under and over age 65 increased between 1990 and 2011. In 2011, more than a quarter of households in Dakota County were occupied by a person living alone (at all ages).