June 11, 2015

Multiracial in America

Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S.—young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole.

U.S. PoliticsJune 8, 2015

Record Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Public support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally continues its rapid rise: A 57% majority of Americans now favor allowing same-sex marriage, up from 42% just five years ago.

May 21, 2015

Family Support in Graying Societies

America is turning gray, with the share of people ages 65 and older expected to rise more than 50% by 2050 – a trend that may burden more families. But Germany and Italy are already there, with a fifth of their population in that age range.

May 8, 2015

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.

May 7, 2015

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.

January 15, 2015

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.

November 14, 2014

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.

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U.S. PoliticsSeptember 18, 2014

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.”

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 18, 2014

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.

July 17, 2014

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.