America’s Families and Living Arrangements

A recently released U.S. Census Bureau report entitled, “America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2012,” provides an updated picture of the composition of families and households in the United States, describing trends in family life & living arrangements. In addition, the report focuses on the economic well-being of families with children before and after the 2007-2009 recession.

Below are some findings from the report.

  • Sixty-six percent of households in 2012 were family households, down from 81 percent in 1970.
  • Over the last 40 years, there has been a noticeable decline in the percentage of married-couple households with children: 40 percent in 1970 vs. 20 percent in 2012.
  • In households with children under 18, 67 percent were married-couple households, 26 percent were one-parent households, and 7 percent were unmarried cohabitating couples.
  • As can be seen in the map below, Maine has a significantly higher percentage of households with children living in unmarried cohabitating households than the nation (11 percent vs. 7 percent).
  • Children living with two married parents resided in the most economically advantaged households, compared with children living in other family arrangements.
  • Between 2005 and 2011, homeownership among households with children fell by 15 percent nationally.
  • During that same time period, the number of households with children under 18 that had at least one unemployed parent increased by 33 percent.

To read the full report, click here.

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