Poverty and Shared Households
An American Community Survey Brief


This brief uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to explore the growth in shared households at the state level between 2007 and 2011.

The report provides summary statistics on people sharing households, particularly their age and relationship to the householder, as well as whether or not household sharing is influenced by economic circumstances by comparing three different poverty estimates.

Frequency and Timespan: One -time report with data for 2010 and 2011

Geographic Level of Coverage: National and state level data

Publication available online

Macartney, Suzanne and Laryssa Mykyta,Poverty and Shared Households by State: 2011 U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Briefs ACSBR/11-05. Poverty and Shared Households by State: 2011 (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.  Accessed 7/16/2013

What do we know about poverty and shared households?
Estimates from the American Community Survey


In 2011, almost 1 in 5 households included an “additional adult” — someone who was not the householder, the householder’s spouse or cohabiting partner.