Biden Proclaims National Family Week; Census Bureau: Of 79,594,270 Families, 73.33% Are 'Married Couple' Families

By Susan Jones | November 24, 2021 | 5:30am EST
(Norman Rockwell’s "Freedom From Want" appeared in the March 6, 1943 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.)
(Norman Rockwell’s "Freedom From Want" appeared in the March 6, 1943 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.)

( - President Joe Biden has proclaimed November 21-27 as National Family Week. 

“I invite States, communities, and individuals to join together in observing this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor our Nation’s families,” the proclamation says.

Unsurprisingly, Biden used the occasion to plug his transform-America plan -- two multi-trillion dollar "infrastructure" bills that contain most of the Democrats’ social agenda:

“Now even greater progress for America’s families is in sight,” the proclamation says. My Administration’s Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will further strengthen and support our Nation’s families.”

But Biden's plan does not support all families. As he so often does, the president referred several times to “working families” and “hard-working families,” which means families that need/want government help with cash infusions called child tax credits; child care; family/medical leave; elder care; health care and housing subsidies; and preschool for toddlers, to name a few of the new entitlement programs in Build Back Better.

In observance of National Family Week, the U.S. Census Bureau offers a look at U.S. “households” and “families,” based on 2019 data, the most recent available.

Here’s the breakdown:

Based on 2019 data, there are an estimated 122,802,852 “households” in this country, of which an estimated 79,594,270 are defined as families.

The Census Bureau defines households as all the people who occupy a single housing unit, regardless of their relationship to one another. Families are defined as “a group of two or more persons related by birth, marriage, or adoption who live together; all such related persons are considered as members of one family.”

Of the estimated 79,594,270 families, an estimated 58,370,842 (73.33 percent) are labeled “married couple” families; 15,055,520 (18.91 percent) are headed by a “female householder, no spouse present”; and 6,167,908 (7.74 percent) are headed by a “male householder, no spouse present.”

The average family size is 3.23 persons – slightly higher (3.27) for female-headed families and slightly lower (3.03 percent) for male-headed families.

(Source: 2019 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.)
(Source: 2019 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.)

Of the total (estimated) 122,802,852 households in this country, 32,481,312 included the householder’s own children, age 18 or younger.

The majority of those 32,481,312 households (58.4 percent) had children ages 6-17 only; 21.2 percent had children under 6 only; and 20.4 percent had both children under 6 and between 6-17.

The Census Bureau estimates that of the 122,802,852 households, the largest percentage (41.2 percent) have one or more people 60 years and older; 29.9 percent have one of more people under the age of 18; 28.3 percent have a householder living alone, and of those living alone, 11.4 percent are 65 or older.

Census Bureau information about America’s families and living arrangements comes from a variety of data sources, including the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Survey of Income Program and Participation (SIPP) and the Decennial Census.

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