Average number of own children per U.S. family with own children 1960-2018

Average number of own children under 18 in families with children in the United States from 1960 to 2018

Average number of own children per U.S. family with own children 1960-2018 This statistic shows the average number of children under 18 years of age in families that have children under 18 in the United States from 1960 to 2018. In 2018, American families with children had on average 1.9 children under the age of 18. This represents a roughly 18 percent reduction in the number of children in American families with children since 1960.
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Average number of own children under 18 in families with children in the United States from 1960 to 2018

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Average number of children per family
20181.9
20171.9
20161.89
20151.86
20141.9
20131.88
20121.88
20111.87
20101.88
20091.86
20081.86
20071.81
20061.82
20051.82
20041.83
20031.83
20021.83
20011.83
20001.87
19991.86
19981.85
19971.84
19961.86
19951.84
19941.84
19931.84
19921.85
19911.84
19901.83
19891.82
19881.81
19871.81
19861.83
19851.85
19841.85
19831.87
19821.87
19811.88
19801.91
19791.93
19781.96
19772.01
19762.04
19752.09
19742.14
19732.17
19722.22
19712.31
19702.28
19652.44
19602.33
Average number of children per family
20181.9
20171.9
20161.89
20151.86
20141.9
20131.88
20121.88
20111.87
20101.88
20091.86
20081.86
20071.81
20061.82
20051.82
20041.83
20031.83
20021.83
20011.83
20001.87
19991.86
19981.85
19971.84
19961.86
19951.84
19941.84
19931.84
19921.85
19911.84
19901.83
19891.82
19881.81
19871.81
19861.83
19851.85
19841.85
19831.87
19821.87
19811.88
19801.91
19791.93
19781.96
19772.01
19762.04
19752.09
19742.14
19732.17
19722.22
19712.31
19702.28
19652.44
19602.33
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This statistic shows the average number of children under 18 years of age in families that have children under 18 in the United States from 1960 to 2018. In 2018, American families with children had on average 1.9 children under the age of 18. This represents a roughly 18 percent reduction in the number of children in American families with children since 1960.
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Release date
November 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1960 to 2018
Special properties
Families with own children under 18
Supplementary notes
A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together.
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