JESSE POWELL writes:
The focus of this report is the child population in America’s 25 largest cities. The Married Families Ratio (MFR), the proportion of all families with own children under 18 headed by a married couple, fell for all racial groups from 2000 to 2010. In proportional terms it fell the least among Asians, moderately among whites, and the most for blacks and Hispanics. This is exactly what one would expect according to the rule that family breakdown accelerates as it becomes more severe.
Every one of these cities has fewer white children than the national average and in ten of the 25 cities, fewer than one out of five children are white.
Also given, for the years 2000 and 2010 according to race, is the Married Parents Ratio (MPR), the proportion of all own children under 18 whom live with married parents. The Married Parents Ratio is from the child’s point of view while the Married Families Ratio is from the household’s point of view. The reason why the Married Parents Ratio tends to be a bit higher than the Married Families Ratio is because married couples with children tend to have more children on average than single parents do.
The below table gives the proportion of the total population that was under 18 in the United States in 2000 and 2010 as well as the racial composition of the child population and the Married Parents Ratio and the Married Families Ratio by race for 2000 and 2010. Read More »