Single dads are on the rise in the United States, heading eight percent of American households with kids, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.
There were 2.6 million households led by a single father in 2011, a nine-fold increase from 1960 when that number was fewer than 300,000. The trend underscores the decades-long decline of the two-married-parent model of the American family.
Today, about two-thirds of U.S. households with kids are led by a married couple, down from more than nine in 10 in 1960.
The study does point out that single moms do still outnumber single dads, but again that number of single dads is the highest it has ever been.
Maryville College sociology professor Dr. Tricia Bruce joined us in the 10News studio with some perspective on the study. You can watch that entire conversation in the video above.