The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

Most American households today are unmarried, and only 15 percent of children have a stay-at-home parent

Adults and children sled at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park the morning after a major winter storm on Tuesday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Just fewer than half of U.S. households were married couples, the median age Americans wed is 27 for women and 29 for men, and most children under the age of 18 don’t have a stay-at-home parent.

Those figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual Families and Living Arrangements data released Wednesday that shows the numbers behind American households.

According to the data, 48 percent of households in 2014 were married couples, down from 51 percent a decade ago. The percentage dropped during the 00s, particularly following the recession.

In 2014, 15 percent of children had a stay-at-home mother while 0.6 percent had a stay-at-home father, and the average U.S. household size for married couples was 3.19 people. Hispanic households had the largest average household size by race at 3.27 people.

The Census Bureau also determined the number of children who receive food stamps has risen to every one in five, a dramatic increase since before the Great Recession.