Most parents – and many non-parents – don’t expect to have kids in the future
About seven-in-ten U.S. parents younger than 50 say it’s unlikely they will have more children in the future.
Members of both parties find meaning in family but differ when it comes to faith
Partisan differences are modest among Americans who mention family, career, money or friends as aspects that make their lives meaningful.
More than one-in-ten U.S. parents are also caring for an adult
Multigenerational caregivers in the U.S., who account for 12% of parents, provide more than two and a half hours of unpaid care a day.
Most say their family is OK with discussing politics – but it helps if the family agrees
Many Americans say their family is OK with talking about politics when they gather, and a majority has at least some common ground politically with family.
What keeps us going
We asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life. Their responses were rich, thoughtful and varied, and we have selected 100 to share with you in no particular order.
Where Americans Find Meaning in Life
Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.
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.
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.
Middle children have become rarer, but a growing share of Americans now say three or more kids are ‘ideal’
Roughly four-in-ten U.S. adults think families of three or more children are ideal. Yet it’s still much more common for American women at the end of their childbearing years to have had one or two kids than three or more.
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.