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Families and Living Arrangements
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Families and Living Arrangements
Most Parents Don’t Have Any Formal Child Care Arrangements
The Household Pulse Survey shows that 1 in 5 parents relied on a relative for child care.
Families and Living Arrangements
Interracial Couples More Common Among Same-Sex Couples
Male same-sex couples had higher median household incomes than female same-sex couples even though the shares with both partners working did not differ.
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Why People Move
New U.S. Census Bureau data product shows changes in reasons for moving and types of moves between 2021 and 2022.
Families and Living Arrangements
More Unmarried Women Than Unmarried Men in the U.S.
A new data visualization shows the ratio of unmarried men to unmarried women by state, age, race and ethnicity.
Families and Living Arrangements
Work and Lifestyle of Young Adults Changed During the Pandemic
New data visualization shows differences in young adults’ work and lifestyle patterns such as working from home from 2019 to 2021.
Families and Living Arrangements
Same-Sex Married Couples Less Likely to Be Same Age, Race, Ethnicity
Survey data reveal patterns of social and economic similarity between same- and opposite-sex spouses.
Families and Living Arrangements
Multiple Partners, Multiple Kids
A new U.S. Census Bureau report looks at patterns of multiple partner fertility among married and unmarried couples.
Families and Living Arrangements
National Marriage and Divorce Rates Declined From 2011 to 2021
Puerto Rico had among the lowest marriage and divorce rates in 2021.
Families and Living Arrangements
U.S. Adults Provided $17.5 Billion in Support to Parents in 2020
Almost as many U.S. adults voluntarily provided financial support to parents as those who paid mandatory child support.
Families and Living Arrangements
Several Generations Under One Roof
Multigenerational households and those with children living with grandparents increased from 2010 to 2020.
Families and Living Arrangements
Home Alone: More Than A Quarter of All Households Have One Person
In 2020, 27.6% of occupied U.S. households had one person living alone, about 20 percentage points higher than in 1940.
Families and Living Arrangements
Family Households Still the Majority
One-person households increased but family households remained two-thirds of all households in 2020.
Families and Living Arrangements
Share of U.S. Coupled Households Declined in 2020
Coupled households still made up more than half of all U.S. households but their share dropped since 2000.
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Tablets More Common in Households With Children
Households with children 5 years old and over had the highest rate of tablet ownership.
The Stories U.S. Census Bureau Data Told in 2022
A look at some of the America Counts stories that revealed shifts in our population, from growing diversity and declining poverty to where and how we live.
LGBT Adults Report Anxiety, Depression at All Ages
The Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey provides insight into the mental health and well-being of the LGBT population.
Families and Living Arrangements
Number of Same-Sex Couple Households Exceeded 1 Million in 2021
Compare demographic and economic characteristics of U.S. same-sex and opposite-sex couple households in new Census Bureau table package and graphics.
Families and Living Arrangements
Cenar en familia es más común para los hispanos y los inmigrantes
Nuevos datos muestran que los padres hispanos y padres inmigrantes cenan más frecuentemente con sus hijos que los padres no hispanos y los nacidos en EE. UU.
Families and Living Arrangements
Family Dinner Routine More Common in Hispanic and Immigrant Families
New data show that Hispanic and immigrant parents are more likely to share frequent meals with their children than non-Hispanic and native-born counterparts.
Families and Living Arrangements
How Marital Status and Children Affect Social Safety Net Participation
An updated interactive data tool allows users to explore household composition and expanded age categories of those who received government benefits in 2020.
Families and Living Arrangements
Does Marrying Younger Mean Marrying More Often?
The age at first marriage can affect the number of times you get married.
Census Bureau’s 2022 Back-to-School Guide for Teachers
Teachers can turn lessons into real-world connections in the classroom with help from Statistics in Schools.
Children Continue to be More Involved in Some Extracurricular Activities
New U.S. Census Bureau historical tables show both girls and boys are taking more lessons and playing more sports than in 1998.
Families and Living Arrangements
Marriage Prevalence for Black Adults Varies by State
While the United States as a whole saw a 1.9 percentage-point decrease in married Black adults, four states experienced a significant increase.
Families and Living Arrangements
Most Kids With Parent in Same-Sex Relationship Live With Female Couple
Children whose parent was in a same-sex relationship in 2019 were more likely to be adopted than those living with a parent in an opposite-sex relationship.
Exploring Census Data Made Easy
The new Census Survey Explorer provides a quick and comprehensive list of surveys by topic, geography and frequency.
Income and Poverty
Less Hunger in At-Risk Households During Pandemic Expansion of School Meals Program
Participation rates in free school lunch programs remain higher for lower income children even when program was expanded during the pandemic.
1950 Census Records: A Window to History
Records for all people counted in the 1950 Census will be released by the National Archives and Records Administration April 1.
Despite Efforts, Census Undercount of Young Children Persists
Improving data for young children in all Census Bureau products is the focus of a new cross-directorate working group.
Income and Poverty
Harder to Pay the Bills Now That Child Tax Credit Payments Have Ended
As Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments ended in December, more households with children reported struggling to cover household expenses.
Families and Living Arrangements
Over a Quarter of Children Lived With At Least One Foreign-Born Parent
A new report reveals that children living with at least one foreign-born parent are more likely to live with two parents than children with native-born parents.
Novice Data Users: Help Is on the Way
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Academy launches the 2022 Back to Data Basics Webinar Series this week to help less experienced data users navigate census data.
Families and Living Arrangements
Parents and Children Interacted More During COVID-19
During Covid-19 lockdowns, parents changed how they interacted with children: more dinners and reading together but fewer outings.
Families and Living Arrangements
No Kids, No Care? Childlessness Among Older Americans
New Census Bureau report details demographic, economic and household characteristics of childless older adult population compared to older biological parents.
Income and Poverty
Nearly a Third of Parents Spent Child Tax Credit on School Expenses
Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that many parents spent the first three Child Tax Credit advance payments on child care or school expenses.
Families and Living Arrangements
Measuring Impact of Child Care Subsidies on Working Moms
Census Bureau study shows receipt of child care subsidies may keep working married mothers in the labor force and lowers wage gap between spouses.
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