10 things to know about U.S. family households

The American household is changing from what it once was.

More children are growing up with single parents than before, but the numbers show many of the traditional American values still hold.

Here are 10 things to know about the American household:

1. The majority of American children still live with both parents, according to a November 2016 United States Census Bureau report. However, from 1960 to 2016, the percentage of children living with two parents dropped from 88 to 69 percent.

2. While the majority of children still live with two parents, only 46 percent are living with two parents who are both in their first marriage, according to a December 2015 Pew Research Center report. This is down from 61 percent in 1980 and 73 percent in 1960.

3. The second most common family arrangement is children living with a single mother, at 23 percent. The number of single mothers nearly tripled from 1960 to 2016 rising from just eight percent.

4. Only four percent of children in the U.S. live with only a single father. The Census Bureau reports this in an increase from one percent in 1960.

5. 62 percent of children have mothers who work outside the home. However, that number is only slightly less than the 66 percent of kids with fathers who work outside the home, according to the 2016 Census Bureau report.

6. More fathers are deciding to stay home with their children, according to a June 2016 report for the Pew Research Center. In 2012, seven percent of fathers were stay-at-home dads, up from four percent in 1989.

7. Divorce rates have actually gone down from 4.0 per 1,000 total population in 2000, to 3.0 per 1,000 total population in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact the U.S. divorce rates have dropped 25 percent since 1980, according to National Center for Family & Marriage Research.

8. People are waiting longer to get married. In 2016, the median age for men to get married was 29.5, up from 23.7 in 1947, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Women married at a median age of 27.4 for women, up from 20.5 in 1947.

9. In 2014, 40 percent of births came from unmarried women, according to the Pew Research Center. That's up from just five percent in 1960 and 11 percent in 1970. However, not all children born outside of marriage are living with just one parent. The majority of these births occur to women living with a romantic partner.

10. Nearly 20 percent of women nearing the end of their child-bearing age have had children with more than one partner, according to the Pew Research Center.

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