Howe historically had larger households than the City of Minneapolis had until 2000, when the neighborhood and city averages met. Until then, the neighborhood average was 2.4 people per household and the citywide average was 2.2.

The largest proportion of households in the neighborhood are family ones, but their share of the total has declined. In 2000, families were 55 percent of the neighborhood households, down from 66 percent in 1980. But on the increase were households of people who live alone and are younger than 65, reaching 27 percent in 2000 from just 13 percent in 1980. Households of people who live alone and are age 65 and older declined with the senior population. Households of people who live together but are not related increased from 6 percent in 1980 to 10 percent in 2000.

The proportion of people living alone in the neighborhood grew steadily since 1980 and accelerated in 1990, until it reached 35 percent of all Howe households in 2000. But their proportion was still below the citywide proportion of 40 percent.

The percentage of Howe's senior population living alone, while higher in 2000 than in 1980, remained below the city percentage during this time. It peaked in 1990 at 37 percent, just 1 percent below the city percentage.

Between 1980 and 2000, Howe's proportion of families with children followed citywide trends. However, it tended to be somewhat below the city's proportion. The proportion of families with children grew in the neighborhood from 40 percent in 1980 to 47 percent in 2000, compared to 50 percent of the families in the city.

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011