There were 158,000 stay-at-home dads in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Eighty-four percent of children eat dinner with a parent five or more times a week, the Census Bureau says.
There were 158,000 stay-at-home dads in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These men were married dads with children younger than 15 who have stopped working for at least one year to raise their families while their wives worked. Of those, 59 percent had two or more children, and 57 percent lived on an annual family income of at least $50,000.
Family time. Eighty-four percent of children eat dinner with a parent five or more times a week, the Census Bureau says. And a whopping 70 percent of children younger than 18 lived at home with both parents in 2009.
$2.8 billion. The child support received by custodial fathers in one year, says a Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support survey in 2009. But the fathers were owed a total of $4.3 billion. Only 45 percent of custodial fathers received all child support due. Women tried to make it up in gifts — 67 percent of custodial fathers received non-cash support, such as gifts, on behalf of their children.
Divorces down. The divorce rate is at its lowest since 1970, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s down to 3.6 percent, from 4.2 percent in 2000 and 4.7 percent in 1990. Divorces hit their peak in 1981, at 5.3 percent.
Supersized families. Only 28 percent of women ages 35 to 44 have three or more children, according to a 2004 government survey — the most recent available. This is down from 29 percent a decade ago. Twelve percent of higher-income mothers have three or more children, up from 3 percent in 1995.
Single parents. Thirty-three percent of women who recently gave birth are either widowed, divorced or never married, according to a Fertility of American Women survey. But 199,000 of the new moms in the U.S. were living with an unmarried partner.
TV time. The average American household has 2.9 televisions but just 2.5 people, says a 2009 survey by Nielsen. That’s up from 1.6 TVs in 1975, despite frequent health reports linking obesity with too much TV watching. Two percent of Americans don’t own a TV.
Family pet. Thirty-seven percent — or 43 million — of U.S. households have at least one dog, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Cats are second, with 32 percent of households owning at least one. Four percent of families have a bird, and 2 percent of families have a pony.