Longfellow's average household size remained at 2.2 people per household between 1980 and 2000. In 2000 the citywide figure – at 2.3 people per household – was higher than the neighborhood's for the first time.

Longfellow's household composition changed substantially between 1980 and 2000. The two household types that increased during this time period had people who live alone and are under the age of 65 (a 46 percent increase) and people who live together but are not related to each other (a 23 percent increase). Decreases came in households of people who live alone and are older than 65 (a 34 percent decrease) and family households (a 13 percent decrease). Family households in 1980 made up 53 percent of the total number of households, 50 percent in 1990 and 47 percent in 2000.

Longfellow's percentage of all householders living alone is not so different from the citywide percentage. However, Longfellow's rose 9.5 percent between 1980 and 2000 while the city's increased 6 percent.

The proportion of seniors living alone out of the total senior population was consistently higher in Longfellow than citywide between 1980 and 2000. However, the number of seniors living alone in the neighborhood decreased by 34 percent following an overall decrease in the 65-and-over population.

The proportion of families with children in Longfellow increased from 43 percent in 1980 to 49 percent in 2000. In comparison, the proportion of families with children in Minneapolis was slightly higher than the figures for the neighborhood. However, the Longfellow's number of families with children decreased by 12 percent after family households decreased by about 24 percent between 1980 and 2000.

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011