Below are the available statistics on stay-at-home dads. For a more in-depth analysis, please read this piece from our friends at the Good Men Project.
U.S. Census, 2011
The U.S. Census reports that 32% of married fathers (approximately 7 million dads) are “a regular source of care for their children under age 15, up from 26% from 2002.” The U.S. Census defines “regular care of children” as an arrangement that is consistent at least one day per week.
Some of these fathers would be considered “stay-at-home dads” by society’s definition. All of them are defined as stay-at-home dads by The National At-Home Dad Network, and are the fathers we aim to serve.
Beth Latshaw, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University, 2009
Summary: Found that the true number of at-home dads is at least 1.4 million. This study shows how the U.S. Census significantly undercounts the number of at-home dads by only counting those who are not in the labor force (see below). Latshaw found that most fathers who, by most societal definitions are “stay-at-home dads,” do in fact work part-time or opposite shifts from their spouse.
The National At-Home Dad Network believes this is the most accurate count of at-home dads.
Number of Stay-At-Home Dads
U.S. Census (Families and Living Arrangements, Table FG8, Column H)
The U.S. Census defines “at-home dad” as a father not in the labor force for the past 52 weeks (this includes not looking for work or going to school) and who’s wife was in the labor force for the past 52 weeks (if she changes jobs and is out of work for a week or more, the father does not count as an at-home dad).
214,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2013 U.S. Census)
189,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2012 U.S. Census)
176,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2011 U.S. Census)
154,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2010 U.S. Census)
158,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2009 U.S. Census)
140,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2008 U.S. Census)
165,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2007 U.S. Census)
159,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2006 U.S. Census)
143,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2005 U.S. Census)
147,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2004 U.S. Census)
98,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2003 U.S. Census)
106,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2002 U.S. Census)
81,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2001 U.S. Census)
93,000 Stay-At-Home Dads (2000 U.S. Census)
(To review these Census numbers go to Families and Living Arrangements and look for table FG8 in the detailed tables)
Demographics of Stay-At-Home Dads, coming soon!