A Ninefold Increase Since 1960By Gretchen Livingston A record 8% of households with minor children in the United States are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in 1960, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Decennial Census and American Community Survey data.The number of single father households has increased about ninefold since 1960, from less than 300,000 to more than 2.6 million in 2011.Daddario captioned it, "Backstage shenanigans with @zacefron," and we can imagine she instantly regretted the decision not to be more descriptive. Almost as soon as the actress hit "share," the rumors started flying.Commenters chimed in with everything from curiosity ("Are you guys dating???In 1960, about 14% of single parent households were headed by fathers, today almost one-quarter (24%) are.There are some notable differences between single mothers and single fathers.
In a bleak picture of disintegrating family life, researchers found that there are 3.8million such children, the great majority of them in single-parent families. They make up 30 per cent of the country’s children and their numbers are up by nearly a fifth over the past decade, according to a study by the Office for National Statistics published yesterday.
The figures were released alongside other statistics showing that the population is continuing to grow at record rates, that single people and cohabiting couples will significantly outnumber married people in 20 years, and that older mothers are increasingly likely to have babies outside marriage.