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A Look at Single Dads on Father's Day

FRIDAY, JUN 13, 2014

To celebrate Father's Day, Social Explorer examined data on families, focusing on the rise of single-father headed households in America.  

Explore where single-father families live around the nation and down to the neighborhood level in this map of 2008-12 American Community Survey data:


Comparing Census and American Community Survey data from 1980 to 2012 reveals the changes in family households types.  

Between 1980 and 2012, married couple families decreased from 78.6 percent to 64.5 percent, and single-mother headed households grew from 17.5 percent to 26.9 percent.  While these groups still far outnumber any other type of family, single-father homes grew from 3.1 percent to 8.5 percent--a 274 percent increase.  The following charts illustrate these shifts.



So, families like Nemo and Marlin are becoming more and more common.nemo_marlin_cropped

Visit Social Explorer's map and report tools to learn more about family types and other kinds of demograhics.  

You can also find out more about what Dad really wants for Father's!

Best wishes to all the dads!

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