The Collapse of the Traditional American Family

The Collapse of the Traditional American Family

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In 1970, 85% of children lived with two parents. By 2019, this was down to 70%. (Photo: Stanislaw Pytel/Getty Images)
Star Parker  / 

The Joint Economic Committee of Congress has just produced an important new study titled “The Demise of the Happy Two-Parent Home.”

The report exhaustively presents data showing the shocking collapse of marriage and traditional family in America and then explores possible explanations for why it has happened.

In 1962, 71% of women ages 15-44 were married. By 2019, this was down to 42%.

In 1962, 5% of women ages 30-34 had never been married. By 2019, this was up to 35%.

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