A new report from the Census Bureau released on June 29, 2001 -- "America's
Families and Living Arrangements: March 2000" -- presents basic trends about
households, families and living arrangements in the United States. It highlights
characteristics of single-parent families, shows differences in the living arrangements of
younger and older adults, and presents new data on unmarried-couple households.
In anticipation of this new report, AASP studied previous annual surveys done by the
Census Bureau each year of 50,000 households. We have examined that data from the
Current Population Survey for 2000 and have compared it with CPS data for previous years
in the 1990s and for some years in prior decades.
We are pleased to presented that data in this section
of our website. We have prepared various data tables showing trends in several areas
related to marital status and living arrangements. Links to our data tables are
While the trends trends shown by the raw data are quite
revealing and interesting, we wanted to give the data some "real life"
perspective, and so we asked some of our book author members and other academic members to
comment on the data. These "sound bites" may be accessed through the links
on the left column of this page.