Americans’ ideal family size is smaller than it used to be
Half of Americans (48%) say two is the ideal number of children for a family to have, reflecting a decades-long preference for a smaller family over a larger one.
Rising Share of Highly Educated Women Are Becoming Mothers
For women, postgraduate education and motherhood are increasingly going hand-in-hand. Not only are highly-educated women more likely to have kids, they are also having bigger families than in the past.
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.
Growing Number of Americans Have Remarried
In 2013, 40% of new marriages in the U.S. included at least one partner who had been married before. Almost 42 million Americans have been married more than once, up from 22 million in 1980.
How is Ideology Linked to Child-Rearing Values?
From Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel, explore responses to a survey about which of 12 traits parents feel are “especially important to teach children.”
Teaching the Children: Sharp Ideological Differences, Some Common Ground
People with consistently conservative political values are particularly likely to say it is important to teach children religious faith, while those with consistently liberal values stand out for the priority they give to teaching tolerance.
In Post-Recession Era, Young Adults Drive Continuing Rise in Multi-Generational Living
A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population of the United States, lived in multi-generational family households in 2012.
Young Adults Drive Increase in Multi-Generational Living
The number of Americans living in multi-generational households, which spiked during the Great Recession, has risen to a record 57 million in 2012, including about one-in-four young adults ages 25-34.
More Dads Staying Home with the Kids
The number of fathers who do not work outside the home has nearly doubled since 1989, rising markedly in recent years. And more of these “stay-at-home” dads say they’re home primarily to care for family.
5 questions (and answers) about American moms today
Today’s American mothers look far different from the mothers celebrated 100 years ago.