Percentages of family households with own children under 18 years in the United States from 1970 to 2017, by type of family

U.S. family households with children 1970-2017, by family type This graph shows the percentages of family households with own children under 18 years in the United States from 1970 to 2017, by type of family. In 2017, about 41.4 percent of all family households in the United States had own children under age 18 living in the household.
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All family householdsMarried couplesSingle father*Single mother*
201741.4%38.9%37.12%52.95%
201642.31%39.45%39.18%54.57%
201542.8%40.6%38.75%55.01%
201442.96%40.13%39.21%55.44%
201343.33%40.3%41.1%55.77%
201243%40%41%57%
201144%41%40%57%
201045%42%40%57%
200547%45%41%59%
200048%46%44%60%
199049%47%40%61%
198052%51%36%63%
197056%57%28%52%
All family householdsMarried couplesSingle father*Single mother*
201741.4%38.9%37.12%52.95%
201642.31%39.45%39.18%54.57%
201542.8%40.6%38.75%55.01%
201442.96%40.13%39.21%55.44%
201343.33%40.3%41.1%55.77%
201243%40%41%57%
201144%41%40%57%
201045%42%40%57%
200547%45%41%59%
200048%46%44%60%
199049%47%40%61%
198052%51%36%63%
197056%57%28%52%
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This graph shows the percentages of family households with own children under 18 years in the United States from 1970 to 2017, by type of family. In 2017, about 41.4 percent of all family households in the United States had own children under age 18 living in the household.
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Release date
May 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1970 to 2017
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* Percentage refers to percent of all male/female householder families with no spouse present.
Data for previous years can be found here.
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