This is the first in a new series of analytical reports prepared by demographers in the Bureau of the Census. These occasional reports include broad speculative analysis and illustrative hypotheses by the authors as an aid in understanding the statistics and in assessing their potential impact on public policy.
The report discusses certain aspects of American marriage and living arrangements such as the recent changes in marriage and fertility, the high rate of divorce and the children involved, and some of the implications of these changes. It also calls attention to some areas of the American family life that need further research. A list of references used in compiling the report is also included.
Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.