U.S. Married with Children Households in Steady Decline

The image of the American family headed by Ozzie and Harriet is a relic of the past, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

The percent of households nationally composed of married couples with children has declined from 40 percent in 1970 to 19 percent in 2013, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

U.S. Department of Commerce - Bureau of the Census

U.S. Department of Commerce - Bureau of the Census

At the same time, the percent of single-person households has jumped from 17 percent to 27 percent. The report also found that 64 percent of children under 18 lived with married parents, but the percent varied by race.

The survey found 55 percent of black children and 31 percent of Hispanic children lived with one parent. That compared to 20 percent of white children and 13 percent of Asian children.

The new report only looked at trends nationally, but the I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS series Losing Ground  found similar variances in Colorado based on six decades of Census Bureau data.

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