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Diane Miller - Numbers reflecting family life

    One of the concerns of the profession of family and consumer sciences is the quality of life for individuals and families. Quality of life varies with individual standards and availability to resources. One way to judge quality of life for groups of people is the use of statistics. The following information is from the 2008 Georgia County Guide.
    As of 2000, there were 12,341 families (two people or more related by birth, marriage or adoptions and residing together) in Bulloch County with an average family size of 3.08; 74.1 percent of the families contained married couples; and 19.9 percent were female headed with no husband present. Comparing households (all people who occupy a housing unit), there were 20,743 households with an average size of 2.53 and 27.7 percent of this total were age 65 or older and living alone.
    Bulloch County had, in 2000, 22,742 housing units with 24.2 of the units being mobile homes. Of the total, 58.1 percent were owner-occupied with a median value of $94,300 and 41.9 percent were renter-occupied with median rent of $436. Also statistics showed 3.5 percent of the households had no phone service and 0.4 percent did not have indoor plumbing.
    The year 2006 showed an unemployment rate for the county of 4.2 percent up from 3.8 percent in 2000. Of the people employed, 53.2 percent were male and 46.8 percent were female. In 2000 there were 24,775 persons employed. Of the total, 31.5 percent were employed in management and professional positions; 17.2 percent in service-related; 24.1 percent in sales and office positions; 0.8 percent in farming, fishing and forestry; 11 percent in construction, extraction and maintenance; and 15.4 percent in production, transportation, material moving.
    In 2005 there were a total of 794 live births reported with 43.2 percent being to all ages of unwed mothers, 8.8 percent of the live births were considered low birth-weight babies and 13 percent were considered premature births.
    Deaths in 2005 totaled 442. The most common cause of death was heart disease, followed by cancer, stroke and accidents. In 2005 more deaths were reported in the 75-or-older range (217) and the least number deaths was reported in late childhood (5-12 years).
    For more information or for help in deciding how you or your organization might make a difference in the quality life of others, contact Diane at (912) 871-0504, dianem@uga.edu, and www.ugaextension.com/bulloch/fcs.

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