The idea of growing up in a 'traditional' family is a part of the past.
According to a new survey, less than half (46%) of U.S. children under the age of 18 live in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage.
The Pew Research Center analyzed a recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data and found that this number has dropped from 73% in 1960 and 61% in 1980.
The study also finds that:
- Americans are delaying marriage and may pass on getting married all together.
- The number of children born outside marriage is now at 41% - up 5% since 1960.
- 15% of children are living with two parents who are in a remarriage.
- 34% of children today are living with an unmarried parent—up from just 9% in 1960, and 19% in 1980.