In honor of Father's Day, here are some more up-to-date facts about American dads from the Census Bureau:
- Approximately 105,000 married American fathers choose to be "stay-at-home" dads, shunning the labor force primarily so they can care for their children while their wives work outside the home. These stay-at-home dads care for about 189,000 children under age 15.
- About 2 million American preschool children are cared for by their fathers more hours than by any other child-care provider while their mothers are at work. This amounts to about 1-in-5 preschoolers of employed mothers.
- The number of single fathers has now grown to about 2 million, up from just 393,000 in 1970.
Among single fathers:
- About 3 in 10 children under 18 live with their single father who also resides in a household that included dad's unmarried partner. In contrast, only 1-in-10 children who lived with their single mother shared the home with mom's unmarried partner.
- Neckties remain the most popular Fathers Day gift. Sales at men's clothing stores approached or exceeded $800 million in both May and June of last year.
[Source: US Census Bureau]