Between 1980 and 2000, the number of Prospect Park residents living in households increased by 22 percent, and the number of people living in group quarters grew by 96 percent. However, because the neighborhood's overall population expanded during this 20-year period, the percentages in these groups has remained the same.
The average household size in Prospect Park was 2.3 people in 2000. Both the neighborhood and Minneapolis have had about the same average household size since 1980.
After having a steady number of households from 1980 to 1990, Prospect Park gained 364 households in 2000 to bring the total to 2,441. The population increases in the 18-24 age category suggest that most of the new households were university students. The number of people living alone also increased from 1990 to 2000, while the number of family households decreased.
In Prospect Park, 31 percent of all householders lived alone in 2000, a decrease of 2 percent from 10 years earlier, and 5 percent from 1980. Despite this downward trend in percentages, the number of householders living alone in 2000 actually increased by 69 people. The percentage of householders living alone in the City of Minneapolis is greater than the percentage living alone in Prospect Park.
In Prospect Park, 22 percent of the population over the age of 65 lived alone in 2000. That's a 6-percent increase from 1990, and about the same percentage the neighborhood held in 1980. The percentage of the senior population living alone in Prospect Park has historically been lower than in the City of Minneapolis.
The percentage of families with children under the age of 18 decreased from 47 percent in 1980 to 43 percent in 1990. By 2000, 44 percent of the neighborhood's families had children. In 1980, the percentage of families with children was higher in Prospect Park than in Minneapolis, but in both 1990 and 2000 the percentage was 6 percent below the citywide percentage.
Last updated Sep 27, 2011