How Many Fathers?
Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.
Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2015.
- 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
- 3 percent were living in someone else’s home with their families.
Number of single fathers in 2015; 16 percent of single parents were men.
- 9 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
- About 45 percent were divorced, 33 percent were never married, 17 percent were separated, and 6 percent were widowed.
- About 47 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
The number of clothing stores, department stores, warehouse clubs and supercenters around the country where you could buy dad a dress shirt in 2012. Sales totaled an estimated $2.6 billion at these locations.
The estimated sales of hardware stores in 2012. There were 15,454 establishments in 2012 that sold tools and plumbing and electrical supplies. Included in those hardware stores were 8,514 establishments that sold ladders and scaffolding.
The number of sporting goods and recereational establishments in 2012, reporting $40.7 billion in total sales. Golf equipment was sold in 5,591 of those establishments, accounting for $2.1 billion in total sales.
Number of men’s clothing stores around the country in 2014, a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.
Number of hardware stores in 2014, a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,561 home centers across the country in 2014.
Number of sporting goods stores in 2014. These stores were good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2015. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year, primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 368,000 children.
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