Roughly half of Americans say it’s better for a woman who wants to reach high political office to have children before entering politics. Views are different when it comes to leadership positions in the business world.
American motherhood has changed in many ways since Mother’s Day was first celebrated more than 100 years ago.
About seven-in-ten U.S. parents younger than 50 say it’s unlikely they will have more children in the future.
The median adjusted income in a household headed by a Millennial was $69,000 in 2017. The previous peak for households headed by people ages 22 to 37 was in 2000.
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.
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.
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.
A Pew Research Center analysis of government data shows that after more than four decades of serving as the nation's economic majority, the U.S. middle class is now matched in size by those in the economic tiers above and below it.
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.
Changes in marriage and childbearing have reshaped the American family. These shifts are playing out somewhat differently across urban, suburban and rural counties.