The number of families in America has been on the decline for the last 20 years. In the last decade alone, the number of households where parents live with children under the age of 18 has declined by more than 3 million. Will the COVID-19 pandemic have any impact on family life in America? Lombardo Homes analyzed recently released data from the US Census Bureau to determine which states and cities in America are the most densely populated with families. They also surveyed 800 Americans to specifically learn how the pandemic has shaped their attitudes towards having children and on their ongoing family planning.
They found that Fresno, CA ranks #1 for the city with the highest percentage of families at 35.8%. The top cities with the highest % of families in America: 1. Fresno, CA 2. Houston, TX 3. El Paso, TX 4. Dallas, TX 5. San Jose, CA. On a positive note, a majority of American’s family planning has not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However there are a few noteworthy trends that are worth mentioning. When it comes to budgeting for a family, 58% of American parents say the pandemic has disrupted their savings plan for their children. 27% of parents say they’ll likely have fewer children because of the pandemic. When looking at couples currently without children, 45% of current couples without children say the pandemic will likely delay them starting a family. 36% of non-parents are less enthusiastic about having children because of the pandemic. Still despite these numbers, many Americans are optimistic about family life in America, both now and in the future.