Cen­sus shares mother lode of data on fa­thers

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Mike Sch­nei­der

OR­LANDO, Fla. — Fa­thers in the U.S. tend to be bet­ter ed­u­cated than men with­out chil­dren, and rel­a­tively few men have chil­dren over age 40.

These are some of the con­clu­sions in a re­port re­leased by the U.S. Cen­sus Bu­reau, just in time for Fa­ther’s Day.

The data come from 2014 when the bu­reau for the first time asked both men and women about their fer­til­ity his­to­ries. The goal of the re­port was to shed greater light on men’s fer­til­ity, a topic less known than that of women’s fer­til­ity, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­sus Bu­reau.

“In re­cent decades, there has been grow­ing pub­lic and aca­demic in­ter­est in fa­thers and fa­ther­hood given the im­por­tance of fa­thers in chil­dren’s lives,” the re­port said.

It found more than 60% of the 121 mil­lion adult men in the U.S. were fa­thers.

About three-quar­ters of fa­thers were mar­ried. Al­most 13% of dads were di­vorced and 8% had never been mar­ried.

Just un­der a quar­ter of U.S. men be­tween 40 and 50 were child­less, and about 17% had never been mar­ried by the time they reached their 40s. Both fig­ures were no­tice­ably higher than for women who had reached mid­dle age. Just un­der 16% of women be­tween ages 40 and 50 were child­less, and 14% had never been mar­ried, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Nearly 90% of fa­thers whose youngest child was un­der age 6 were em­ployed, while that fig­ure was only around 60% for moth­ers, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. There was no dif­fer­ence be­tween the sexes for child­less men and women.

Men with chil­dren tended to be more ed­u­cated than those with­out kids, al­though the re­port noted that may be the re­sult of age since the chances of be­com­ing fa­thers and reach­ing higher-ed­u­ca­tion lev­els in­creases with age.

Fa­ther­hood also var­ied by race, eth­nic back­ground and age.

Al­most 30% of His­pan­ics in their 20s were fa­thers. That was true for about a quar­ter of black men, more than a fifth of white men and an eighth of Asian men.


Among the U.S. Cen­sus re­port’s find­ings was the fact that some 60% of the 121 mil­lion adult men in the U.S. are dads. About three-quar­ters of fa­thers were mar­ried.

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