SC sees sharp growth in non-traditional families

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The traditional family of a husband, wife and their kids isn't as common in South Carolina as it used to be.

The Census Bureau released detailed data from its 2010 count Thursday. It shows a 52-percent increase in gay couples, a 30-percent increase in single fathers raising their own children and a 53-percent increase in unmarried couples living together. The data also shows a 37-percent increase in unrelated roommates living together.

One of the few groups to actually see a decline in the past decade were mothers and fathers living with their minor children. There were 4 percent fewer of those couples in South Carolina.

The state's population grew by more than 15 percent from 2000 to 2010 to 4.6 million people.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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