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Melissa Scopilliti and Martin O’Connell
Component ID: #ti1721856423

The household relationship categories of roomers and boarders have  appeared in all decennial census  forms and published tabulations in  various formats for over 100 years, but  little has been written about this  population.  Currently comprising less  than one percent of the total  household population in 2000, people livi ng as roomers or boarders made  up about 2 percent (1 million people) of the household population in 1880,  rising to 3 percent (3.8 million) in  1930 during the Great Depression. This  paper uses data from the 1880, 1900-2000 Censuses and the 2005  American Community Survey, obtained from the Integrated Public Use  Microdata Series developed by the Un iversity of Minnesota Population  Center, to highlight trends in this population between 1880 and 2005.  We  will present descriptive characterist ics of both this population and the  characteristics of householders w ho provide these living accommodations.

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