Household growth slows to record low | The Numbers Racket

From 2010-2020, Pennsylvania saw a 4 percent increase in the total number of households in the commonwealth, a 3.8 percent change, according to Pew data

By: - December 6, 2021 6:30 am

With newly analyzed Census data in hand, the team at the Pew Research Center released a report in October detailing the declining rate of household growth in the United States. 

The report noted that household growth declined 36 percentage points from 45 percent growth in 1860, when record keeping on growth first began, to 9 percent in 2020. 

This chart, created by the Pew Research Center, using U.S. Census Bureau data, shows a steady decline over the last 160 years with small spikes in the 1910s, 1930s, and 1980s. 

The study also found that white (53.3 percent) and Black (55 percent) adults were more likely to live in separate households than Hispanic (42.2 percent) or Asian (41.9 percent) adults.

Pennsylvania

From 2010-2020, Pennsylvania saw a 4 percent increase in the total number of households in the commonwealth, a 3.8 percent change, according to Pew data. 

That number is on par with 18 other states that saw 5 percent or less growth over the decade, including West Virginia, -3 percent growth; Ohio, 4 percent growth; New York, 5 percent growth; and Mississippi, 4 percent growth.

Factors

Research experts at Pew noted that many factors could be contributing to this slow growth, including rising housing costs, lagging population growth, and an increase in multigenerational households. 

As of 2018, one in five Americans lived in a multigenerational household, accounting for 64 million Americans living arrangements.

Impact

The dwindling rate of household growth has an impact on the economy, according to Pew, which noted that it can affect the demand for housing and diminish spending on household items such as furniture and appliances. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.

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