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Table 2.2 shows the racial composition of the population in the city. In the year 2000, more than 99% of the population was white of non-hispanic origin. The notable lack of diversity is typical of rural Illinois.

Table 2.2: Population By Race/Hispanic Origin
One Race 4,184 99.4%
White 4,145 98.4%
Black or African American alone 9 0.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native 8 0.2%
Asian 15 0.4%
Other race 7 0.2%
Two or more races 27 0.6%
Hispanic or Latino 26 0.6%
Source: 2000 Census SF1

Table 2.3 shows the different household types in Pittsfield in 2000. Households are divided into family and non-family households. Family households are comprised of related people living together in a housing unit. A non-family household is a housing unit with unrelated persons living together or a person who lives alone.

Table 2.3: Households by Type 1990 and 2000
1990 2000
Family households (families) 1,164 63.6% 1,126 62.4%
Married-couple families
992 54.2% 948 52.5%
With own children under 18
390 21.3% 374 20.7%
Male householder, no wife present 33 1.8% 34 1.9%
Female householder, no husband present 139 7.6% 144 8.0%
Nonfamily households 665 36.4% 679 37.6%
Householder living alone 623 34.1% 630 34.9%
Householder 65 years and over 411 22.5% 390 21.6%
Total households 1,829 1,805
Persons living in households 4,115 4,012
Persons per household 2.25 2.22
Source: 1990 and 2000 Census, Bureau of the Census

Between 1990 and 2000 the number of households decreased slightly from 1,829 to 1,805. However the composition of households changed in more significant ways that are consistent with state and national trends. One of the most common trends in places with an aging population is an increase in nonfamily households. This occurs because of changing family structures. In 2000 the number of persons 65 and over living alone outnumbered married couple families with children. One third of all households are one person living alone. Only one out of five households is a traditional married couple family with related children.

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