Stepfamily Fact Sheet

The U.S. Census Bureau recently decided to discontinue providing estimates of marriage, divorce, and remarriage except for those that are available from our current census. Thus, many of our current estimates were derived from the 1990 census and earlier data sources.

Current estimates from 1988-1990 suggest:

Information from the 2009 Current Population Study (CPS) Report:

      Of American children under 18 years of age:

2010 Estimates from the Pew Research Center

These statistics underestimate the number of U.S. stepfamilies, because…



For more information, see the Bureau of the Census ( and the Center for Health Statistics.

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