The Changing American Family, from the New York Times, is a fascination look at how different today's American family is from even just a few years ago. Key quote from the article:
Families are more ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically diverse than half a generation ago — than even half a year ago.
In increasing numbers, blacks marry whites, atheists marry Baptists, men marry men and women women, Democrats marry Republicans and start talk shows. Good friends join forces as part of the “voluntary kin” movement, sharing medical directives, wills, even adopting one another legally.
Single people live alone and proudly consider themselves families of one — more generous and civic-minded than so-called “greedy marrieds.”
The article covers a lot of ground and is well worth reading. One key set of data is around U.S. birth rates. As the chart below from the article shows, birth rates are down and a growing number of children are born to unmarried mothers.
For those interested in this topic, we cover family trends in our demographics section and our articles The Changing U.S. Household and The Shifting American Family go into these trends in more detail.