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Only 26% of Households Include Children Under Age 18

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

From Demo Memo, posted by Cheryl Russell

Only 26% of American households include children under age 18, according to the Census Bureau's 2019 Current Population Survey – a new record low. This is 10 percentage points below the 36% of 2000, and about half what it was in 1960, when 49% of households included children – a modern-day high in the midst of the Baby Boom.

Percent of households with children under age 18 by age of householder, 2019

  • Under age 25: 18%
  • Aged 25 to 29: 33%
  • Aged 30 to 34: 51%
  • Aged 35 to 39: 65%
  • Aged 40 to 44: 62%
  • Aged 45 to 49: 49%
  • Aged 50 to 54: 27%
  • Aged 55 to 64: 7%
  • Aged 65-plus: 1%

The average age of householders with children under age 18 is just 40, well below the average age of 52 for all householders. Seventy percent of households with children are headed by married couples, 23% by female householders, and 7% by male householders.

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