Pew: Huge surge in single parent homes, 26% now vs. 9% in 1960

Children living in traditional, “nuclear” families headed by their stay-at-home mom and working dad, have plummeted from 50 percent in the Baby Boom era to just 14 percent, and for black kids under 18 it’s a shocking 4 percent, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

“One of the biggest changes in U.S. families is the increase in kids living with single parents – 26 percent now, 9 percent in 1960,” the non-partisan survey organization tweeted Wednesday.

Their report details the changing demographics of American families, and revealed the differences between the races.

Overall, it portrayed the end of the traditional family where kids lived with parents still in their first marriage, and only the father working. More normal today, at 32 percent, are children under 18 living with parents in their first marriage but with a different work set up, likely with both parents working.

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“In the late 1960s, about half of mothers with children younger than 18 stayed at home full-time, compared with only three-in-ten today. About 7 percent of fathers who live with their kids are stay-at-home dads,” said Pew.

Asian children are the most likely to live in traditional families, at 24 percent. Another 47 percent live with their parents, but not in the typical mom-at-home, dad-at-work situation.

Next are Hispanic kids, with 18 percent in a traditional household, followed by whites at 15 percent and blacks at 4 percent.

“Black children are far less likely to be living in this type of family than others – only 4 percent are. This is largely due to the fact that less than a third of black children are living with two married parents at all, regardless of their work situation. Instead, the majority (54 percent) of black children are living with single parents,” said Pew.

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