The percentage of children living in a two-parent household has hit its highest point in nearly 30 years, according to a report by the Institute for Family Studies.
In an analysis of 2020 United States Census data, the conservative think tank released a report earlier this month titled “Growing Up With Mom and Dad: New Data Confirm The Tide Is Turning.”
According to 2020 data, 70.4% of people under 18 live in a home with two parents, while 25.5% live with one parent and 4.1% live with neither parent.
The finding on children living in two-parent homes is a slight increase from the 69.4% reported in 2010 and 69.1% reported in 2000. However, it remains slightly below the 72.5% recorded in 1990 and well below the 87.7% from 1960.
The report also drew from 2012 and 2020 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Household Education Survey, which likewise shows increases in the presence of two-parent households for high school seniors.
This data suggests that from 2012 to 2019, the percentage of white high school seniors living in two-parent homes went from 55.8% to 59.1%, while the share of black high school seniors living in two-parent homes went from 24.3% to 29.6%.
Nicholas Zill, research psychologist and a senior fellow at IFS, wrote in the report that “although certainly not out of intensive care, the supposed corpse of the two-parent family seems to be breathing new life.”
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