Characteristics of Household Members
The marital status of the head of household is categorized into married, unmarried, widowed, and divorced. Overall, the ratio of household heads with “married” status is 66%, and is high in Gyeryong in Chungcheongnam-do (82%), Buk- gu in Ulsan (79%), Yongin in Gyeonggi-do (78%), and Gwacheon in Gyeonggi-do (76%). In regard to education levels, about 61.4% of household heads have completed “high school and above.” Educational degree attainment is high in the met- ropolitan areas. The average ratio of households having 0-15 year-old members is 15.3%.
The median age of heads of households in 2010 was 49.0, which is older compared to 41.9 in 1985, 43.0 in 1995, and 46.7 in 2005. In 1985, the household heads in their 30s and 40s made up the largest group. By 2010, the household heads in their 50s and 60s and older increased, while those in their 30s decreased. The percent of male heads of households continued to decrease during the 2000s. For example, it decreased from 84.3% (15.7% female head) in 1985 to 74.1% (25.9% female head) in 2010.