The American "Nuclear Family" Is Dying

By Ken on
 December 9, 2021
By Ken on

It's no secret that children need a mother and a father to truly thrive. Unfortunately, in America today, fewer than 18% of households with children also have married parents.

There are many causes of this horrifying phenomenon, chief among them being a declining of religion, an increase in the LGBTQ ideology, and a cultural erosion of family values.

The Daily Mail gives an accurate summary of the issue:

There are currently just 23.1 million American homes with those ‘nuclear families,’ which is the fewest since 1959. The reasons given for the drop include the pandemic delaying marriage and a continued decline in birth rate.

The average age of a woman at her first marriage is now 28.6 years. In the 1950s and 60s, women typically married at 20.4 years old. The average age for men to marry for the first time in 2021 was 30.4 years old. America’s fertility rate dropped to 55.4 births per 1,000 in the second quarter of 2021, down from 58.5 in the same period of 2019.

Americans are also living alone at a higher rate than they used to. The percentage of adults in the US living with a spouse was 50 percent, down from 52 percent 10 years ago. Over 37 million adults lived alone in early 2021, up from 33 million in 2011. As far back as 1960, 87 percent of adults lived with a spouse.


For those of us in America who still hold true to strong family values, we must raise our children to embrace the nuclear family and bring our nation back from the brink.

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