August 2018 – The number of U.S. children living with an unmarried parent jumped from 13% in 1968 to 32% in 2017. That trend coincides with a drop in the number of children living with two married parents, from 85% in 1968 to 65% in 2017. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, 3% of children are not living with any parents at all.
Rising numbers of children living with cohabiting or solo parents can be tied to the declines in marriage and the rise in births outside marriage. Also, rising divorce rates often result in more children being raised by one parent. This correlates with the rising notion that it is morally acceptable to divorce for any reason and to have a child
out of wedlock.