New census figures show that the percentage of Californians who live in "nuclear family" households — a married man and a woman raising their children — has dropped again over the last decade, to 23.4% of all households. That represents a 10% decline in 10 years, measured as a percentage of the state's households...I'm not positive why the numbers in the figure above don't add to 100%. Perhaps the other 32% of households are single persons living alone?
Those households, the Times analysis shows, are being supplanted by a striking spectrum of postmodern living arrangements: same-sex households, unmarried opposite-sex partners, married couples who have no children...
Indeed, interviews with numerous families in Southern California reveal a generation of parents and children who still view the family as the building block of society but no longer view the nuclear family as the ideal. By and large, those interviewed insisted that their non-nuclear lives do not reflect a weakening of society but a fluidity and complexity that echoes a modern world...
This seems like a good time for another TYWKIWDBI reader poll. At the top of the right sidebar is a poll asking you to identify your living arrangements. This will obviously sample people worldwide, rather than the U.S., and will have no scientific validity whatsoever. It's just a way to satisfy one's curiosity about who else is reading this blog.
Addendum: Oops. I knew I would overlook some possible categories, some of which have already been pointed out within the first few minutes. Unfortunately I can't add choices to the poll without losing the early votes, so I guess the nonlisted options will have to be grouped under "other."
Addendum: The final data, based on 766 responses by TYWKIWDBI readers:
- 222 - Married with kids
- 220 - Single without kids
- 134 - Married without kids
- 103 - Unmarried, living with partner
- 28 - Single parent
- 26 - Same-sex partner
- 9 - Same-sex marriage
- 24 - other