More Americans Are Living Alone, and Fewer Have Kids

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As our population continues to grow, the living situations of Americans are changing. Today, the average household and family are both smaller than they were in 1980 (Fig. 8). More Americans are living alone, and single-person households make up 28% of all households compared to 23% in 1980 (Fig. 9). Fewer than half of households today are married couples (48%) compared to 61% of all households in 1980. In addition, fewer households have kids, with married- and single-parent households declining from 38% of all households in 1980 to 27% in 2018. Divorce rates are also increasing, likely further driving down household size (Fig. 10).

More households are single. Fewer households are having kids. 

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