Skip to content

Most Fathers Either Have Been or Are Now Married

Families

Most Fathers Either Have Been or Are Now Married

Families

Majority of Fathers Are Married, Separated, Widowed, or Divorced

Component ID: #ti1306134119

Of the 72 million fathers in the United States, 66 million either have been or are currently married, according to the first U.S. Census Bureau report to provide a detailed demographic profile of fatherhood.

Released today, the Men’s Fertility report shows that only 6 million fathers have never married.

Component ID: #ti1279033882

Nearly a third of men who are or have been married (31.7 percent) have three or more children, compared to just 3.1 percent of never-married men.

Component ID: #ti889725622

Nearly 3 in 4 fathers are currently married (73.4 percent), 12.9 percent of fathers are divorced, 3.2 percent are widowed, and 2.3 percent are separated.

The remaining 8.2 percent of fathers have never been married.

Component ID: #ti1065589430

Among men aged 30 to 34 who are or were married, 72.8 percent have a biological child.

By comparison, 26.3 percent of never-married men of the same age have a biological child.

Men who have never been married also tend to have fewer children than those who are currently or previously married. That is due in part to the fact that they are younger, on average. 

Nearly a third of men who are or have been married (31.7 percent) have three or more children, compared to just 3.1 percent of never-married men.

These data come from the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation, which collects detailed information about U.S. families’ economic well-being.

Component ID: #ti1589617453

 

Brian Knop and Lindsay M. Monte are family demographers in the Census Bureau’s Fertility and Family Statistics Branch.

 

Component ID: #ti1414839075
Component ID: #ti2110979007
Component ID: #ti488792567
Component ID: #ti529327309
Component ID: #ti197738308

 

About

America Counts tells the stories behind the numbers in a new inviting way. We feature stories on various topics such as families, housing, employment, business, education, the economy, emergency preparedness, and population. Contact our Public Information Office for media inquiries or interviews.

 

All of Our Content

The entire list of stories is available to you.

Use the hashtag #AmericaCounts to share this story on social media.

 

This story was posted in: Families


Tags: Families and Living Arrangements
X
  Is this page helpful?
Thumbs Up Image Yes    Thumbs Down Image No
X
No, thanks
255 characters remaining
X
Thank you for your feedback.
Comments or suggestions?