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Gretchen Livingston

Senior Researcher

Gretchen Livingston is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. She is an expert on fertility and family demographics. In addition, she studies immigrant adaptation and technology use among Latinos. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she was a visiting research fellow at the Princeton University Office of Population Research. She earned her doctorate in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Since joining Pew Research Center, she has written on stay-at-home mothers, the relationship of fertility and the recession, fatherhood, grandparent caregivers, childlessness, and fertility and education. Livingston has discussed her work with numerous print and broadcast outlets.

Publications
November 8, 2018

Adult caregiving often seen as very meaningful by those who do it

About one-in-seven U.S. adults provide unpaid care of some kind to another adult. Caregivers rate about half of their caregiving experiences as meaningful.

September 24, 2018

Stay-at-home moms and dads account for about one-in-five U.S. parents

More than 11 million U.S. parents – or 18% – were not working outside the home in 2016. The stay-at-home share of U.S. parents in 2016 was almost identical to what it was in 1989, but there has been a modest increase among fathers.

July 17, 2018

A third of U.S. adults say they have used fertility treatments or know someone who has

Forty years after the birth of the first baby conceived via in vitro fertilization, 33% of Americans say they or someone they know has undergone fertility treatment.

Pew Research CenterJune 28, 2018

U.S. women are postponing motherhood, but not as much as those in most other developed nations

American women are waiting longer to have children than in the past, but they are still starting their families sooner than women in many other developed nations.

Pew Research CenterJune 19, 2018

Family life is changing in different ways across urban, suburban and rural communities in the U.S.

Changes in marriage and childbearing have reshaped the American family. These shifts are playing out somewhat differently across urban, suburban and rural counties.

June 13, 2018

7 facts about American dads

Fatherhood in America is changing. Ahead of Father’s Day, read key findings about dads in the United States.

May 10, 2018

7 facts about U.S. moms

American motherhood has changed in many ways since Mother’s Day was first celebrated more than 100 years ago. Read key findings about American mothers and motherhood.

May 4, 2018

More than a million Millennials are becoming moms each year

In all, more than 17 million Millennial women in the U.S. have become mothers. In 2016, Millennial women accounted for 82% of U.S. births.

Pew Research CenterApril 27, 2018

About one-third of U.S. children are living with an unmarried parent

The share of U.S. children living with an unmarried parent has more than doubled since 1968, jumping from 13% to 32% in 2017.

April 25, 2018

The Changing Profile of Unmarried Parents

One-in-four parents living with a child in the United States today are unmarried, up from 7% in 1968. A growing share of unmarried parents are cohabiting partners.