By: John Besl
In my last blog, I discussed the remarkable growth in recent decades in the number of births to unmarried parents, both locally and nationally. In this month’s space, I’d like to talk about another trend, one that’s related to last month’s topic, but also reflects a separate “megatrend” - the aging of America.
If you ask a baby boomer what the typical American household looks like, most would probably describe a mom and dad with at least one child under the age of 18. This household type has been immortalized in TV sitcoms ranging from “Ozzie and Harriet” to “The Cosby Show” to “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Results of the 2010 Census, however, reveal that what I prefer to call the “traditional” family now accounts for only one in five U.S. households.