America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2007

America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2007
By: Rose M. Kreider and Diana B. Elliott
Source: U.S. Census, Current Population Reports

Some highlights of the report are:
• Sixty-eight percent of households in 2007 were family households, compared with 81 percent in 1970.
• The proportion of one-person households increased by 10 percentage points between 1970 and 2007, from 17 percent to 27 percent.
• Between 1970 and 2007, the average number of people per household declined from 3.1 to 2.6.
• Most family groups with children under 18 (67 percent) were maintained by married couples.
• The vast majority of fathers who lived with their child under 18 also lived with the child’s mother (94 percent). In comparison, 74 percent of mothers living with their child under 18 also lived with the child’s father.

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