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41% of first marriages in the U.S. end in divorce
41% of first marriages in the U.S. end in divorce

There are still married couples with children in the US, but just less than there used to be. It was the path most taken in the 1950s, but now it is just one of many paths taken. People have kids whether married or not, and married people often remain childless, and some couples stay together for a long time but have neither kids nor marriage.

Getting married was once the only socially acceptable choice, but these days there are plenty of socially acceptable choices
Getting married was once the only socially acceptable choice, but these days there are plenty of socially acceptable choices

There used to be a stigma put on not following the crowd and conforming, but these days (2017) people do whatever they feel like and others simply accept their choices. Okay, some die-hard conservatives and some die-hard fundamentalists, and some ultra-conformists disparage these liberal choices, and it gives them something to bitch about to whomever will listen—if indeed there is such a person.

Is the traditional 'married couples with children' lifestyle on its way to becoming extinct?
Is the traditional 'married couples with children' lifestyle on its way to becoming extinct?

Total Married-Couple Households
Year Number Percent
1950 34,075,000 78%
1960 39,200,000 74%
1970 44,700,000 70%
1980 48,990,000 60.1%
1990 52,837,000 56.3%
2000 54,493,000 51.7%
2010 56,510,000 48.4%


Total Married-Couple Households with Children
Year Number Percent
1950 34,075,000 43%
1960 23,497,790 44%
1970 24,544,583 40%
1980 24,265,405 30.8%
1990 23,494,726 26.1%
2000 24,835,505 23.4%
2010 24,575,000 20.9%


Families and Married-Couples without Children
Year Unmarried Married
1995 35,797,000 28,826,000
2000 38,552,000 30,810,000
2005 42,034,000 33,413,000
2010 45,692,000 36,182,000
(Source for above charts: U.S. Census Bureau)