Demographic Shifts in Household Composition: Reasons & Consequences


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The term household denotes:

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1. Since 1940, the number of American households has:

2. Since 1940, the number of American households made up of families has:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Questions in this quiz are derived from comparisons between American households in 1940 and American households in 2010. This quiz is statistic-heavy and references a variety of aspects concerning household demographics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In addition to the modern meaning of household, you will need to know statistics regarding:

  • American households comprised of families
  • The overall number of American households
  • Consequences of current demographic shifts

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about households in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the social and economic effects of current household demographics and interpret them correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the number of American households documented in 1940 with current figures

Additional Learning

To learn more about the evolution of the American households, see the lesson called Demographic Shifts in Household Composition: Reasons & Consequences. Additional factors discussed include current:

  • Effects of Baby Boomers
  • Birth rates
  • Need for welfare assistance