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5 facts about the modern American family

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In 1960, 37% of households included a married couple raising their own children. More than a half-century later, just 16% of households look like that.

More babies are born to unmarried mothers than ever before:

Unmarried women accounted for 41% of births in 2011, up from just 5% in 1960. In 2011, 72% of births to black women were to unmarried mothers, compared with 53% of births to Hispanic women and 29% of births to white women. (The sample size was too small to analyze results among Asians.) But just 9% of new mothers with a bachelor’s degree, regardless of race, were unmarried when they gave birth.

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