Less Than 50% of U.S. Households Now Led by Married Couples, Says Census Bureau

Under 50% for the first time ever.

For the first time ever, the percentage of married households fell below 50 percent, according to the Census Bureau, which released a brief Wednesday about families and households from the results of the 2010 Census.  
The percentage of married households fell to 48.4 in 2010, down from 55.2 percent in 1990 and 51.7 percent in 2000. “The 48 percent of husband-and-wife households in 2010 was the first time since at least 1940 that this has fallen below 50 percent,” said Daphne Lofquist,  Statistician for the Fertility and Family Statistics Branch for the Census Bureau
The Census Bureau did not start keeping detailed statistics about the marital status of householders until 1940
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