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1960 Census of Population: Subject Reports: Persons by Family Characteristics

Report Number PC(2)-4B

Family Members by Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics of Their Families

The final reports of the 1960 Population Census are arranged in three volumes and a joint Population-Housing series of census tract reports. Volume II (Series PC(2) reports) are Subject Reports. Each report concentrates on a particular subject. Detailed information and cross-relationships are generally provided on a national and regional level. In a few reports, data for States or standard metropolitan statistical areas are also shown.

This report, designated as PC(2)-4B, presents statistics primarily on persons by characteristics of the households and families of which they are members. Most of these statistics are based on a 5-percent sample of households or a 5-percent sample of persons not in households.

Among the aspects of family composition presented are size of family; number of children of the family head; presence of children, grandchildren, parents, and other relatives of the head; presence of subfamilies; and presence and marital status of parents (for children). Some of the tables present data for three types of families: husband-wife families, other families with male head, and families with female head. Other tables present data for all families or for husband-wife families.

The social characteristics of families by which family members are classified in this report include age and sex of head, mobility status of head, and educational attainment of head.

Economic characteristics of the family include occupation of head, industry of head and of chief income recipient in the family, income of head, family income, and hours worked by wife of head.

Housing characteristics of the household or family include persons per room, year structure was built, condition of unit, access to unit, kitchen equipment and plumbing facilities, presence of several selected durable goods, and presence of automobiles.

The PDF to the right contains the Title Page, Preface, Acknowledgments, Final Reports (list), Contents, Introduction and Tables 1 – 12b (page 124).

A Note on Language

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