The share of the U.S.’s 130 million households headed by married parents with children under age 18 fell to 17.8% in 2021 from 18.6% last year, according to the Census Bureau. Dreamstime/TNS

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WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. homes with a married couple and kids fell to a record low, according to new government data, as the pandemic further delayed weddings and more adults don’t plan to have kids at all.The share of the U.S.’s 130 million households headed by married parents with children under age 18 fell to 17.8% in 2021 from 18.6% last year, according to the Census Bureau. That’s down from more than 40% in 1970.

By absolute numbers, there are just 23.1 million homes with nuclear families, the fewest since 1959, the data show.

The pandemic delayed many marriages over the past two years, adding six months to a woman’s age at first marriage — the most since 1987 — to now 28.6 years. In the 1950s and ‘60s, women typically married at 20.4 years of age and 22.8 years for men.

Births have generally been on the decline as Americans are marrying later in life, which has grown more pronounced in the pandemic. The U.S. fertility rate fell to 55.4 births per 1,000 in the second quarter from 58.5 in the same period of 2019, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed Friday.

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A vakansiyalar

Children is our future.

TN_Safetyguy

This is exactly what the left wants. They have destroyed the incentives of being a family and replaced it with Child Support that enriches the government through their own twisted laws of the Bradley Amendment Title IV-D. There is no reason a man would want to be in a captive relationship where a woman can take everything he has worked for, or vice versa. This is a sick and twisted world we are in now. I hope to god that it swings back to normalcy sometime in the future.

Yeahright

Just what the Democrats wanted. Get rid of the old and In with the new America. We can not have those old family values cluttering up the place can we?

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