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Census: Traditional families decline in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The traditional household of a husband, wife and their children has grown relatively less common in Minnesota.

In 2000, 25 percent of families fit the traditional description, while fewer than 6 percent of families were women with their children and no husbands.

But the 2010 census found that only 21 percent of families were a wife, husband and their kids, while the number of women raising their children without a husband rose by 12,343.

State Demographer Tom Gillaspy says another family that became more common was couples living without children, which he called a byproduct of an aging population in which children grew up and move out.

Figures from the 2010 census released Wednesday night found 100,000 more Minnesota families living without children under 18 than did the 2000 census.