Family Security Matters
There were more married couples with children in the United States in 1963 than there were in 2014, according to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Fifty-two years ago, there were 24,321,000 married couples in this country who had at least one child under 18 living in their home, according the bureau’s Table FM-1. Last year, despite a significantly larger national population, there were only 23,933,000.
The Census Bureau numbers dramatically demonstrate America’s abandonment of the traditional family.
When measured as a percentage of all American households, the presence of married couples with children in our society has been more than cut in half since the post-World War II heyday of the traditional family.
In the years since 1950, the traditional family peaked as a phenomenon in American culture in 1957. That year there were 49,673,000 households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau’s Table HH-1, and, according to Table FM-1, 22,139,000 of them – or 44.6 percent – consisted of a mom and a dad and one or more children.
In 2014, there were 123,229,000 households in the United States, but only 23,933,000 – or 19.4 percent – consisted of a mom and a dad and one or more children.
In every year from 1950 through 1970, at least 40 percent of American households consisted of a mom and a dad and one or more children.