It’s no longer a ‘Leave It to Beaver’ world for American families – but it wasn’t back then, either
In 2014, just 14% of children younger than 18 lived with a stay-at-home mother and a working father who were in their first marriage. In 1960, half of children were living in this arrangement.
Twins, triplets and more: More U.S. births are multiples than ever before
The share of multiples born in the U.S. is at an all-time high. In 2014, 3.5% of all babies born were twins, triplets or higher-order multiples, new data show.
Without one-child policy, China still might not see baby boom, gender balance
China’s rapid economic development, its urbanization and its culture will continue to play a role in family size and the population’s gender makeup.
Today’s multiracial babies reflect America’s changing demographics
To get a sense of how the country’s racial demographics are changing, take a look at the differences between mixed-race Americans old and young.
College-educated men take their time becoming dads
The likelihood of becoming a young father plummets for those with a bachelor’s degree or more: Just 14% had their first child prior to age 25.
Share of births to unmarried women dips, reversing a long trend
In 2014, 40% of births were to unmarried mothers, a slight decline from the 41% share that had held steady since 2008. Although the single percentage point drop in 2014 was small, it was only the third one-year dip in this measure since the end of World War II.
Americans are aging, but not as fast as people in Germany, Italy and Japan
At least one-in-five people in Japan, Germany and Italy are already aged 65 or older, and most other European countries are close behind.
Working while pregnant is much more common than it used to be
The latest figures show that 66% of mothers who gave birth to their first child between 2006 and 2008 worked during pregnancy, up from 44% in the early 1960s.
Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? It depends
There are three main ways to measure fertility. None of them is “right” or “wrong,” but each tells a different story about when births bottomed out.
For most highly educated women, motherhood doesn’t start until the 30s
More than half (54%) of mothers near the end of their childbearing years with at least a master’s degree had their first child after their 20s. In fact, one-fifth didn’t become mothers until they were at least 35. Some 28% became moms in their late 20s, and 18% had children earlier in their lives.