Married-Couple Families in America By The Numbers.
This table leaves out the married couples with no kids under 18 in the house. This is just a brief glance at where families in America are today. This is all married couples of every race and ethnic group, of both native-born and foreign extraction, this is all of America that marries and has kids. And it’s not cheap.
In Family under 18
|Median Family Income (dollars)||Total Families||% at $100,000+ annual family income
(number of families in parentheses)
|8 or more||60,500||16,593||39 (6,419)|
|Total of all married-couple
Families w/kids under 18
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 data
Also very informative are the family size cliffs, particularly after three children and five children. And if I pull data from about ten years earlier, the numbers are pretty much the same, even down to the percentages. The medians are a little lower, but not by much.
In a smaller table, I’ll just list what the total percentage of families is if you go ahead and toss in the 75-100k folks to account for lower cost of living areas where money might go a bit further.
Here’s the percentages even if you call 75k the new 100k to raise a family as married folks.
|Number of Children||% of families earning
75K/yr or more
(raw number in parentheses)
And there you have it. A majority of households having kids in wedlock are not doing it on the cheap and significant pluralities are not doing so at larger family sizes. Definitely something for conservatives to think about when discussing family and marriage issues. Even at high incomes, it’s possible to feel broke raising kids these days because the prices are being set by very high income households. This is a marriage canyon.