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Study: Far Fewer American Children Are Living in a 'Traditional' Household


How the American family has changed throughout the decades.

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Drastically fewer American children are living in a “traditional” household, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center defined a "traditional" household as children younger than 18 who live “with a stay-at-home mother and a working father who [are] in their first marriage.”

In 1960, about half of American children lived in a household that fit the description. Today, only 14 percent of children do.

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The Pew Research Center found that today, 7 percent of fathers who live with their kids are stay-at-home dads.

The percentage of children living with single parents has risen to 26 percent from 9 percent in 1960.

The Pew Research Center noted that changes in the divorce rate and the number of children born outside of marriage have also affected the percentage of children living in “traditional” households.

Asian children are the most likely to live in a “traditional” household, while black children are the least likely.

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The Pew analysis was based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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