Average number of own children per U.S. family with own children 1960-2019

The typical American picture of a family with 2.5 kids might not be as relevant as it once was: In 2019, there was an average of 1.93 children under 18 per family in the United States. This is a decrease from 2.33 children under 18 per family in 1960.

Familial structure in the United States

If there’s one thing the United States is known for, it’s diversity. Whether this is diversity in ethnicity, culture, or family structure, there is something for everyone in the U.S. Two-parent households in the U.S. are declining, and the number of families with no children are increasing. The number of families with children has stayed more or less constant since 2000.

Adoptions in the U.S.

Families in the U.S. don’t necessarily consist of parents and their own biological children. In 2018, around 42,237 children were adopted by married couples, and 15,704 children were adopted by single women.

Average number of own children under 18 in families with children in the United States from 1960 to 2019

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Release date

November 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2019

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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