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 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 chart below shows changes in household types since 2000. In 2013, the American Community Survey estimated there were 157,195 households in Dakota County (1,881 more households compared to 2012). The average number of people in a household is decreasing in Dakota County primarily because the household type “married couples with children” has been decreasing steadily over the last decade (down from 32% in 2000 to 25% in 2010 and to 24% in 2013), while all other household types have been increasing incrementally or remain stable over the same period. Married couples without children households increased between 2000 (27%) and 2013 (31%). Married couples without children households are now the largest household type in the County. The number of single person households of all ages increased slightly between 2000 and 2013. In 2013, single person household (at all ages) occupied approximately a quarter of households in Dakota County.