The Modern American Family Key trends in marriage and family life

SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 for the PEW Research Center

At a Glance

"The American family has undergone significant change in recent decades. There is no longer one predominant family form, and Americans are experiencing family life in increasingly diverse ways."  Explore the changes in the family as researched by the Pew Research Center

The Results from the Pew Research Center

A Change in Family Structure

In 1970, 67% of Americans ages 25 to 49 were living with their spouse and one or more children younger than 18.  Over the past decade that has share dropped to 37%

Change in Marriage Status of adults

An Increase in Interracial or Interethnic Marriages

An Increase in Same Sex Marriages

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