Skip Header

We are hiring thousands of people for the 2020 Census. Click to learn more and apply.

Release Number CB15-FF.11
Component ID: #ti1348742580

June 12, 2015 — The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.  

The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Graphic [PDF]

Component ID: #ti938507005

How Many Fathers?

70.1 million

Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available. 
Source: Wave 2 Fertility Topical Module from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation 

24.7 million

Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2014. 

  • 21 percent had three or more children younger than 18 in the household (among married-couple families only). 
  • 3 percent were living in someone else’s home with their families.  

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014FG.html> Tables FG1 

1.9 million

Number of single fathers in 2014; 16 percent of single parents were men.

  • 9 percent had three or more children younger than 18 in the household.
  • About 43.5 percent were divorced, 33.0 percent were never married, 18.8 percent were separated, and 4.7 percent were widowed.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014FG.html> Table FG6 (One-parent)

Component ID: #ti938507008

Thinking of You, Dad

7,157 

The number of men’s clothing stores around the country in 2013, a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (448110), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

15,253

The number of hardware stores in 2013, a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,543 home centers across the country in 2013.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS codes (444130) and (444110), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

21,559

Number of sporting goods stores in 2013. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (451110), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

971

The number of sports teams and clubs in 2013. These include professional or semiprofessional sports teams or clubs primarily engaged in participating in live sporting events that many dads either participate in or enjoy.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (711211), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

38,900

The number of electronics stores in 2013 selling new consumer-type electronic products, always great gifts for dads.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (443142), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

Component ID: #ti938507009

Stay-at-Home Dads

211,000

Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2014. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 420,000 children.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/families.html> Table SHP-1

18%

In spring 2011, the percentage of preschoolers regularly cared for by their father during their mother’s working hours.
Source: Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011
<http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-135.pdf>

Component ID: #ti938507007

Child-Support Payments

$2 billion

Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2011; they were due $3.7 billion. Custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011
<http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-246.pdf> Pages 11 and 12

41.4%

Percentage of custodial fathers who received all child support that was due in 2011, not statistically different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 43.6 percent.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011
<http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-246.pdf> Page 3, Table 1

63.9%

Percentage of custodial fathers receiving noncash support, such as gifts or coverage of expenses, on behalf of their children. The corresponding proportion for mothers was 55.0 percent.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011
<https://www.census.gov/people/childsupport/data/files/chldsu11.pdf> Table 10

 

Component ID: #ti536796985

The following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)
Super Bowl
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
      St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Earth Day (April 22)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Older Americans Month (May)
Mother's Day
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
Father's Day
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)
Labor Day
Grandparents Day
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day
The Holiday Season (December)

Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.

X
  Is this page helpful?
Thumbs Up Image Yes    Thumbs Down Image No
X
Comments or suggestions?
No, thanks
255 characters remaining
X
Thank you for your feedback.
Comments or suggestions?
Back to Header