Happy Father’s Day 2017!

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NAWRB would like to wish a happy Father’s Day to all the dads this Sunday, June 18, 2017. The idea for Father’s Day started in 1909 with Sonora Dodd, who wanted to honor her father, a widowed Civil War veteran. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

In recognition of this Sunday’s holiday, the U.S. Census Bureau has released a Father’s Day Facts for Features, providing a snapshot of American dads.


  • There are 72.2 million fathers in the U.S. as of 2014
  • There are 24.6 million fathers living in married-couple groups with children younger than 18 as of 2016
  • There are 2 million single fathers with children under 18 as of 2016; 17 percent of single parents were men
    • 9 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18
    • 40 percent were divorced, 38 percent never married, 16 percent were separated, 6 percent were widowed
    • 46 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more
  • There are 29.2 million grandfathers in the U.S.
  • There were 209,000 stay-at-home dads in 2016, caring for an estimated 392,000 children under the age of 15
  • 4 percent of fathers have children with their current spouse or partner and with someone else

Father’s Age at Birth of First Child

  • Under 20: 8.2 percent
  • 20-24: 31 percent
  • 25-29: 30.3 percent
  • 30-34: 19.5 percent
  • 35-39: 7.8 percent
  • 40 and over: 3.3 percent

NAWRB wishes you and yours a happy Father’s Day filled with celebration and good food this Sunday!

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