In 1980 and 1990, the average household size was higher in Minnehaha than in Minneapolis. However, the neighborhood average decreased steadily until in 2000 it reached 2.1 people per household, below the citywide average household of 2.3 people.
The total number of households in Minnehaha increased in 1990 and then decreased in 2000 to 1,901 households. In 1980, about 70 percent of all households in the neighborhood were families. By 2000, the proportion of families dropped to 50 percent, totaling 954 households. Households of people living alone, including people over the age of 65, increased in the three census periods
The proportion of people living alone in Minnehaha increased from 23 percent in 1980 to 27 percent in 1990 to 34 percent in 2000. Although increasing fast, the neighborhood's percentage was lower in 2000 than the percentage for Minneapolis residents.
The percentage of seniors living alone in Minnehaha increased continuously from 30 percent of all the senior population in 1980 to 46 percent in 2000. In 1980 the neighborhood's senior population living alone was 8 percent lower than the city's, but in 2000 the neighborhood's percentage was greater.
The percentage of families with children declined in the neighborhood while increasing in the city. In 1980 Minnehaha had roughly the same proportion of families with children as the city, but in 2000, Minnehaha had 8 percent fewer – 42 percent in the neighborhood and 50 percent in the city.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011