Census numbers show married households hit historic low
POSTED: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:04am
NATIONAL NEWS — The most recent census results show some telling statistics on home life. For the first time ever, the percentage of married households in the U.S. fell below 50 percent.
The 2010 Census showed that number fell to 48 percent.
That's down from 55 percent in 1990 and 51 percent in 2000.
Some say that's causing the breakdown of the American family.
"We don't make a life long commitment any longer, we make a commitment of convenience," said Larry Craig, senior pastor at Southern Oaks Baptist Church.
The census showed all other household categories increased, including single parent households, non-family and same sex households.
Craig says it's a sign of the times, and to many, the term 'commitment' doesn't have the same value as it once did.
"There was a time when homes really meant something," Craig said. "We knew our fathers and mothers, our parents also had control of us. We've turned so much of that over to our schools to our government and day cares. And now, the mother and father are more of a figure than they are a relationship."