There has been an increase and decrease in the number of stay-at-home parents in the United States due to regional and national oscillations in the unemployment rate during the last three decades.
While the number of men who want to be stay-at-home dads has increased, the number of women who make that choice has decreased, according to data from the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A spokesman for the Pew Research Center estimated that in 2021, the United States had 11.3 million stay-at-home parents, including 9.2 million stay-at-home mothers and 2.1 million stay-at-home fathers.
In 1989, the United States had roughly 10.3 million stay-at-home parents, according to a spokesperson from the Pew Research Center. There were 9.2 million women who stayed at home and 1.1 million males who did the same.
A Pew Research Center research found that men and women had distinct motivations for making choices regarding their careers.
Seventy-nine percent of stay-at-home mothers in 2021 stated they did so because they wanted to care for their children or house.
An additional 9% of those who did not work outside the home did so because they could not do so due to disease or disability. Fewer people than expected said they were staying home because they were in school, retired, or unemployed.
Stay-at-home However, fathers’ reasons for not working outside the house were more varied.
Twenty-three percent of fathers in 2021 didn’t work because they were tending to their homes and families, 34% did not work because of illness or disability, 13% did not work because they were of retirement age, 13% did not work because they couldn’t get a job outside the home, and 8% did not work because they were students.