Census Data Reveals Fundamental Changes in Modern Families

Think your living arrangement is unique? You aren't alone. The New York Times parses the vicissitudes and permutations of the twenty-first century American households.
June 20, 2011, 12pm PDT | Jeff Jamawat
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The changing profile of U.S. households portends profound changes in the way people live, work, and play.

"[A]ccording to census data, more households consist of the unmarried than the married," writes columnist N. R. Kleinfield in a supplementary article. He continues, "More people seem to be deciding that the contours of the traditional nuclear family do not work for them, spawning a profusion of cobbled-together networks in need of nomenclature."

What larger societal force accounts for this paradigm shift? Kleinfield offers an abridged explanation: "The double households began because of economics."

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Published on Friday, June 17, 2011 in The New York Times
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