Household size steadily declined in Hiawatha between 1980 and 2000. The average household size was slightly larger in 1980 and 1990 than the City of Minneapolis'. The city went from a steady household size between 1980 and 1990 to a slight increase in 2000. Hiawatha's average household size decreased in 2000 to 2.07 people per household while the city had an average of 2.3 people per household.

The number of family households in the Hiawatha neighborhood declined between 1980 and 2000, while the number of households that have unrelated people living together increased. The most dramatic change in household composition appears to be with people under the age of 65 living alone: there was an 86-percent rise in this type of household. Households of people age 65 and over living alone did the opposite, losing 19 households.

Between 1980 and 2000, the proportion of householders living alone in Hiawatha increased from 30 percent of the total number of households to 39 percent. The percentage of residents living alone in the City of Minneapolis is higher than in Hiawatha, but it was not growing as fast as in the neighborhood.

The proportion of senior residents living alone is lower in the neighborhood than citywide. In the neighborhood and in the city the figure did not fluctuate much from decade to decade. In 1980, 27 percent of the group 65 years old and older lived alone in the neighborhood. The proportion increased by 2 percent in 1990 and then decreased by 1 percent in 2000. The senior population living alone in the city was at 38 percent in 1980 and 1990 and then decreased to 37 percent in 2000.

Families with children under the age of 18 made up 45 percent of all the neighborhood families in 1980, the same percentage as the city families. Hiawatha's percentage decreased to 42 percent in 1990 and did not increase in 2000. In contrast, the citywide percentage increased over time reaching half of the total number of families in 2000.

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011