How do you decide which "subfam" unmarried partners are assigned to?


#1

Hi IPUMS!

Can you explain the rules for assigning unmarried partners to either a subfamily (subfam>0) or not in a subfamily (subfam==0)? For example, in the 2016 ACS sample, there are 8,159 unmarried partners. 4,140 are in a subfamily (defined by subfam variable) and 4,019 are not in a subfamily. I’ve read through the subfamilies overview, and I still can’t seem to piece this together.

Thanks in advance for your time and assistance!

Kristin


#2

This is an error. These observations should not be considered subfamilies, since their spouse is the household head. If you email ipums@umn.edu with your mailing address we will send you your free coffee mug.