Rise of Single Fathers
A record 8% of households with minor children in the United States are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in 1960. The increase is likely due to the growing share of non-marital births, higher divorce rates and the increasing importance of fathers as caregivers.
Mothers are now the sole or primary provider in 40% of households with children, up from just 11% in 1960. The public is conflicted about the gains women have made in the workplace, applauding the economic benefits, but also voicing concerns about the impact on children and marriage.
Slideshow: Key Findings from the “Modern Parenthood” Survey
The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century.
Quiz: Which parent does more in your home?
In the “Modern Parenthood” report, we asked married and cohabiting parents with children under 18 to compare their workload at home with that of their spouses or partners. Answer two questions to find out how you compare with the parents who took our nationwide survey.
The way moms and dads spend their time has changed dramatically over the past 50 years, but gender gaps remain. Both feel the stress of balancing work and family.
Young Adults Shed Debt After Recession
Young adults have shed substantially more debt than older adults did during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath—mainly by virtue of owning fewer houses and cars and paring credit card balances.
The Boomerang Generation
Large majorities of young adults ages 25 to 34 who are living at home with parents say they’re satisfied with that arrangement and upbeat about their future finances.
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.
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.
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.