Families with Children

According to the most recent the American Community Survey estimates, 30.48% of all occupied households in the report area are family households with one or more child(ren) under the age of 18. As defined by the US Census Bureau, a family household is any housing unit in which the householder is living with one or more individuals related to him or her by birth, marriage, or adoption. A non-family household is any household occupied by the householder alone, or by the householder and one or more unrelated individuals.
Report Area Total Households Total Family Households Families with Children
(Under Age 18)
Families with Children
(Under Age 18), Percent of Total Households
Franklin County, PA 59,392 41,017 18,105 30.48%
Pennsylvania 4,961,929 3,195,577 1,402,621 28.27%
United States 117,716,237 77,608,829 37,299,113 31.69%
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2012-16. Source geography: Tract

Family Households with Children by Ethnicity Alone
Report Area Total Hispanic / Latino Total Not Hispanic / Latino Percent Hispanic / Latino Percent Not Hispanic / Latino
Franklin County, PA 950 17,096 76.18% 42.99%
Pennsylvania 114,359 1,299,587 69.80% 42.70%
United States 7,425,334 29,724,102 65.79% 44.82%
Family Households with Children by Race Alone, Percent
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 42.98% 69.5% 100% 53.07% no data 69.05% 36.86%
Pennsylvania 40.82% 58.99% 52.74% 57.85% 59.15% 71.97% 64.05%
United States 44.51% 57.91% 57.99% 53.31% 63.03% 68.87% 59.94%
Family Households with Children by Race Alone, Total
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 16,756 900 23 164 0 116 87
Pennsylvania 1,111,509 168,604 2,901 52,383 501 36,708 24,809
United States 26,554,351 5,137,588 326,490 2,057,654 69,946 2,157,859 855,548
Website Updated April 01 2018 Site Reviewed April 01 2018

Families with Children

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.


Population counts by household type are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2012-2016. Mapped data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. A household includes all the people who occupy a housing unit. (People not living in households are classified as living in group quarters.) Households are classified by type according to the sex of the householder and the presence of relatives. Two types of householders are distinguished: a family householder and a nonfamily householder. A family householder is a householder living with one or more individuals related to him or her by birth, marriage*, or adoption. The householder and all people in the household related to him or her are family members. A nonfamily householder is a householder living alone or with non-relatives only. Figures for this indicator are measured as a percentage of total population based on the following formula:
Percentage = [Population by Family Type] / [Total Population] * 100

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2016 Subject Definitions.
*Note: In Census Bureau tabulations, beginning in 2016, unless otherwise specified, the terms "spouse”, “married couple” and "marriage" include same-sex couples and marriages.


Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories in the American Community Survey (ACS) based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. Indicator race and ethnicity statistics are generated from self-identified survey responses. Using the OMB standard, the available race categories in the ACS are: White, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Other. An ACS survey respondent may identify as one race alone, or may choose multiple races. Respondents selecting multiple categories are racially identified as “Two or More Races”. The minimum ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. Respondents may only choose one ethnicity. All social and economic data are reported in the ACS public use files by race alone, ethnicity alone, and for the white non-Hispanic population.

Data Limitations
Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) was included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations have age and sex distributions that are very different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on demographic distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population (like areas with military bases, colleges, or jails).

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, April 2018