Good news for Christian marriage in the US
- More births within marriage
- The latest U.S. family statistics are positive
The U.S. divorce rate has fallen for the third consecutive year to its lowest level in more than 35 years, according to data released by the Bowling Green State University’s national center for family and marriage research. Meanwhile, more people are getting married, indicating that after years of decline the numbers are stabilizing.
There has also been a decrease in births outside of marriage in the U.S, also bucking a trend of years of increase.
Family statistics just released from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the majority of America’s 73.7 million children under age 18 still live in families with two parents (69 percent). Of those, 47.7 million live with two married parents and 3.0 million live with two unmarried parents. The recent decrease in births outside marriage for the first time in years indicates that the majority of children will continue to live with two parents.
Intact families have been shown to offer a myriad of benefits for adults and children so these statistics bode well for future American society. On average, children in intact families do better academically, exhibit fewer behavioural problems, and are more likely to form healthy romantic relationships as adults, meaning happier people and lower crime rates.
The majority of Americans still consider a loving marriage of two parents the ideal environment in which to bring up their children.
The second most common family arrangement is children living with a single mother, at 23 percent. During the 1960-2016 period, the percentage of children living with only their mother nearly tripled from 8 to 23 percent and the percentage of children living with only their father increased from 1 to 4 percent. While this type of family arrangement has become significantly more common over the last few decades, suggesting it has reached its peak?