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Head of the household

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Head of the household  (HEAD of the household)

When a private household (110-4) contains several persons they are called members of the household1 and one of them will be the head of the household2. There is no universally accepted rule as to who is considered the head of the household —in some cases it may be the principal earner3. On some census schedules there appears a question dealing with the relationship4 (114-3*) of members of the household to its head; this enables a distinction to be made between different groups in composite households5, which contain members of more than one biological family (113-1).

  • 2. The term householder is sometimes used for the head of the household.