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Dads: By The Numbers

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  • The US Census has the book on Pops….an interesting lookt at Dads by the numbers.67.8 million: Estimated number of fathers across the nation.

  • 25.8 million: Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2009.
  • 1.7 million: Number of single fathers in 2009; 15 percent of single parents were men.
  • 85%: Among the 30.2 million fathers living with children younger than 18, the percentage who lived with their biological children only. In addition, 11 percent lived with stepchildren, 4 percent with adopted children and fewer than 1 percent with foster children.
  • 14,193: The number of hardware stores (as of 2007), a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 7,150 home centers across the country in 2007.
  • 23,756: Number of sporting goods stores in 2007. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
  • 158,000: Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2009. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 290,000 children. Among these stay-at-home dads, 59 percent had two or more children, and 57 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
  • 24%: Among the nation’s 11.2 million preschoolers whose mothers are employed, the percentage who are regularly cared for by their father during their mother’s working hours. This amounted to 2.7 million children.
  • $2.8 billion: Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2007; they were due $4.3 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $18.6 billion of the $29.8 billion in support that was due
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