Data Points

Bay Area household growth

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Adult children are moving back home after college often because rents are rising faster than fixed incomes can bear. Is that having an effect on the average size of a Bay Area family household?

Here’s the average size of a family living together in the Bay Area by county, according to the latest update of census data.

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1. Santa Clara — 3.43 people
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2. San Mateo — 3.39
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3. Alameda — 3.36
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3. Solano — 3.36
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5. Contra Costa — 3.34
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6. Napa — 3.29
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7. San Francisco — 3.14
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8. Marin — 3.02
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9. Sonoma — 2.59
1. Santa Clara — 3.43 people
2. San Mateo — 3.39
3. Alameda — 3.36
3. Solano — 3.36
5. Contra Costa — 3.34
6. Napa — 3.29
7. San Francisco — 3.14
8. Marin — 3.02
9. Sonoma — 2.59

Other than Sonoma County, all of these numbers are well above the national rate of 2.64 family members per household. The numbers have also risen over time; in 2010, Santa Clara was at 2.86 and San Mateo at 2.72.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau ACS table S1101