About Three in Four Parents Living with Children are Married

WASHINGTON, November 26, 2013 - The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 76 percent of American parents living with children under 18 are married. Another 16 percent have no partner present, and 8 percent cohabit with a partner.

Among parents living with an unmarried partner, two-thirds (66 percent) share a biological child with their partner.

This information comes from America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2013, tabulations released today using data from the 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey. The table package provides a current portrait of the composition of families and households and shows historical changes in living arrangements in the United States. New this year is a table that profiles American parents living with their children.

The table shows that living arrangements are different for mothers than for fathers. Fathers living with their children are much more likely to have a spouse present (86 percent) than mothers (67 percent), while 25 percent of mothers with children under 18 have no partner present, compared with only 6 percent of fathers.

"Mothers are more likely than fathers to be raising a child without a partner present and fathers are less likely to live with their children," said Jamie Lewis, a demographer with the Census Bureau's Fertility and Family Statistics Branch. In 2013, 36.6 million mothers and 28.7 million fathers resided with children under 18. This includes both married and unmarried parents.

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