Households in Cooper have been getting smaller. In 1980, an average household had 2.4 people, while in 2000 it was down to 2.1 people per household. An opposite trend can be seen citywide, where the average household size increased from 2.2 people in 1980 to 2.3 in 2000. In 2000 there were more people per average household citywide than in the neighborhood.
Family households declined both in number and as a percentage from 1980 to 2000. In 1980, 67 percent of the residences were family households, but in 2000 the proportion declined to 54 percent. Households of people who live alone and are under age 65 in Cooper nearly doubled during this time, from 223 in 1980 to 421 in 2000, and ended up accounting for about one out of every four residences. Households of people who live alone and are 65 or older declined along with the total senior population.
In 1980, the proportion of people who live alone was much lower in the neighborhood than in the city – 27 percent compared to 38 percent. Since then, the neighborhood proportion is increasing but not yet to the citywide level. In 2000 34 percent of the Cooper householders lived alone and 40 percent of city householders did.
In 2000, 34 percent of the senior population lived alone, up from 30 percent in 1980 and 32 percent in 1990. In contrast, the proportion of the city's senior population living alone decreased between 1990 and 2000.
In 2000, 43 percent of the families living in Cooper had children, a 2 percent decline from 20 years earlier. In 1980, the proportion of families with children had been almost as high as the city's, but then the citywide average increased and the neighborhood's declined.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011