National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles

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Over the years, minor children’s family structure has experienced little change and has been well documented in previous family profiles (FP-17-15 & FP-13-19 & FP-19-25) and research. Consistent with prior work (Manning, Brown, & Stykes, 2014), U.S. children’s family structure has remained stable—with little to no change over the past ten years. Although changes to minor children’s family structure over time is small, examination of potential changes is still important. Using data from the 2021 ASEC Current Population Survey from IPUMS, this profile updates FP-19-25. We visualize variation in family structure of minor children (under the age of 18) in the U.S. by race/ethnicity. We also present state-level variation in the share of children living with two married biological parents.

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National Center for Family and Marriage Research