Top 10: Cities by Average Size of a Household

Sometimes our Top 10 lists come with a story. This one comes with an arrest. Between 2005 and 2009, Colorado City, Arizona, led the country in having the largest average household size among all cities. This is due to it being the site of an enclave of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (known as FLDS). The community was founded by a breakaway sect from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as the LDS or Mormon Church) in order to practice polygamy, which was banned by the LDS Church in 1890. The leader of the community, Warren Jeffs, was the president of the FLDS Church until his arrest and conviction in 2007 on charges of accomplice rape, sexual conduct with a minor, and incest.

Estimated average size of a household between 2005-2009

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