The typical American family has long been described as "nuclear," consisting of one father, one mother, and children. But according to a new study from FlowingData’s Nathan Yau, the nuclear family is just barely still the dominant structure reports Fast Company writer Charlie Sorrel. Looking at 10,276 types of households from 2010-2014, Yau found over 50 types of families in the U.S. today:
The nuclear family wins, barely, accounting for 54% of households. But the most interesting part might be that other 46%, the non-nuclear families. Nuclear is defined by the UN as any of the following: "a married-couple family, with or without child(ren), or a father (or mother) with child(ren)." That is, pretty much anyone living with their kids. Other kinds of household include siblings living together, extended families of three generations living together, or people living with friends and/or relatives. The nuclear family, then, remains dominant, but not really in the sense we understand it. We might commonly think of a nuclear family as two parents, plus one or more kids, but the definition is a lot broader than that, encompassing anything from a married couple, to a lone parent and child.