Dec. 14, 2011

Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married – A Record Low

Barely half of all adults in the United States–a record low–are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides and grooms, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data.

Oct. 3, 2011

Fighting Poverty in a Tough Economy, Americans Move in With Their Relatives

The financial hardships caused by the Great Recession have helped fuel the largest increase in modern history in the number of Americans living in multi-generational households. From 2007 to 2009, this group spiked from 46.5 million people to 51.4 million.

Aug. 25, 2011

How Accurate Are Counts of Same-Sex Couples?

Two decades after the Census Bureau began offering people the option to describe themselves as a same-sex “unmarried partner,” producing accurate numbers on same-sex couples remains a challenge.

Jun. 27, 2011

Living Together: The Economics of Cohabitation

The share of 30- to 44-year-olds living as unmarried couples has more than doubled since the mid-1990s. Adults with lower levels of education — without college degrees — are twice as likely to cohabit as those with college degrees.

Jun. 15, 2011

A Tale of Two Fathers

In the last 50 years, fathers have become much more involved in the day-to-day lives of the children they live with. During that same time period, though, the share of fathers living apart from their children has risen dramatically, to 27% in 2010.

Apr. 22, 2011

Census 2010: Household Size Trends

The average size of U.S. households has been declining for decades, but new Census data may show a reversal of that trend.

Pew Research Center Apr. 12, 2011

Are views of marriage affected by the type of family people grew up in?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Apr. 8, 2011

New Facts About Families

Researchers recently presented some findings that dispute the popular (or academic) wisdom about important aspects of family life and bear upon relevant findings from Pew Research surveys.

Hispanic Feb. 17, 2011

Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2009

This statistical profile of the foreign-born population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey.

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Feb. 16, 2011

Quiz: Judging Family Trends: Where Do You Fit?

The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century.