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GOODBYE TO ALL THAT: Less Than Half Of All American Kids Grow Up In Two-Parent Families

Traditional family culture had a good run in the United States of America from 1776 or so onward. Now, however, the quaint concept of growing up in a stable environment with both your mother and your father and perhaps some siblings has alarmingly disappeared.

Data from the Pew Research Center shows that less half of all American children now live in a two-parent household with exactly two married, heterosexual parents who are, in fact, their own parents.

Among other noteworthy statistics, as the Daily Mail notes, 15 percent of all children in the United States live in the household of a parent who has remarried and 34 percent live with an unmarried parent (who is either single or shacking up with a live-in lover).

Also, fully 41 percent of all American babies are currently born out of wedlock.

By way of comparison, in 1960, 73 percent of all American kids lived in a household with exactly two married, heterosexual parents who were their own parents.

In 1960, just five percent of all children born in the U.S. were born outside the confines of matrimony.

Only nine percent of American children lived with an unmarried parent in 1960. By 1980, the figure had risen to 19 percent.

Similarly, by 1980, the percentage of children living in a once-married, heterosexual household had dropped 12 points to 61 percent.

The Pew researchers analyzed census data to arrive at their figures.

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