Is Your Family ‘Typical?’ Now’s Your Chance To Find Out

I’m in mid-30s, white and married with two kids. Typical, right? Actually, I’m anything but.

Preliminary census estimates are out and they show that there’s no such thing as ‘typical’ anymore. In fact, the stereotypical American family is changing like never before. For instance, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S. for the first time ever. And the number of African-American households headed by women (mostly single mothers) now exceeds African-American households with married couples.

The New York Times has created a cool interactive site called “How Many Households Are Like Yours?” It lets users explore the demographics of households that, in most instances, are vastly different from your own. I happen to be Canadian, and so the figures here are different than those south of the border. Still, I filled in my info just for kicks, and it turns out that a married couple with two children under 18 make up just 7.25 percent of all U.S. households (the site indicates that this type of household would have been way more popular in the 1960s).

Check it out and see where you fit in.

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