Families are classified by type according to sex of the householder and the presence of relatives, based on questions on sex and household relationship asked on a complete-count basis.
A family in which the householder and his/her spouse are enumerated as members of the same household.
Male householder, no wife present
A family with a male householder and no spouse of householder present.
Female householder, no husband Present
Family with a female householder and no spouse of householder present.
The terminology for the family-type categories is new for 1980. The categories are reasonably compatible with the 1970 categories, "husband-wife families," "families with other male head," and "families with female head."
See also: "Family"; "Household Type."