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    States with the biggest family

    Today, the “average” American family means an entirely different thing than it did fifty years or a century ago. In the mid-1940s, Pew Research found nearly half of Americans considered a family with four children as the ideal size. But a significant cultural shift in 1971 saw that figure decline rapidly as the two-child family took its place as the new most popular structure at an alarmingly similar rate. This change coincided with larger trends around increasing accessibility of birth control pills, growing female employment in the workforce, and changing child labor standards coupled with increasing cost of providing for children. In 2016, the average American family size hit 3.24, a far cry from 19th-century households that may have had eight or nine children.

    To provide some perspective on what really constitutes the classic American family, Stacker used data from the U.S. Census to rank all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico by average family size. The figures come from the 2016 American Community Survey five-year estimates, with Census defining a family as a householder and at least one other person living in the same home who are related by birth, marriage or adoption.

  • #52. Maine
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    #52. Maine

    Average family size: 2.87
    Percent above/below national average: -11.42%
    Total number of families: 345,631
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 37.83%


     

  • #51. Vermont
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    #51. Vermont

    Average family size: 2.88
    Percent above/below national average: -11.11%
    Total number of families: 158,252
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 39.60%


     

  • #50. North Dakota
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    #50. North Dakota

    Average family size: 2.95
    Percent above/below national average: -8.95%
    Total number of families: 183,466
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.78%


     

  • #49. New Hampshire
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    #49. New Hampshire

    Average family size: 2.96
    Percent above/below national average: -8.64%
    Total number of families: 346,476
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 39.84%


     

  • #48. Iowa
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    #48. Iowa

    Average family size: 2.98
    Percent above/below national average: -8.02%
    Total number of families: 798,664
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.72%


     

  • #46 (tie). West Virginia
    7/ Tim Kiser // Wikicommons

    #46 (tie). West Virginia

    Average family size: 3.00
    Percent above/below national average: -7.41%
    Total number of families: 478,833
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 36.74%


     

  • #46 (tie). Wisconsin
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    #46 (tie). Wisconsin

    Average family size: 3.00
    Percent above/below national average: -7.41%
    Total number of families: 1,471,314
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.55%


     

  • #45. Montana
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    #45. Montana

    Average family size: 3.01
    Percent above/below national average: -7.10%
    Total number of families: 256,737
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 40.27%


     

  • #44. South Dakota
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    #44. South Dakota

    Average family size: 3.04
    Percent above/below national average: -6.17%
    Total number of families: 213,665
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.52%


     

  • #42 (tie). Kentucky
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    #42 (tie). Kentucky

    Average family size: 3.05
    Percent above/below national average: -5.86%
    Total number of families: 1,136,651
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 41.55%


     

  • #42 (tie). Ohio
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    #42 (tie). Ohio

    Average family size: 3.05
    Percent above/below national average: -5.86%
    Total number of families: 2,940,153
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.10%


     

  • #39 (tie). Minnesota
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    #39 (tie). Minnesota

    Average family size: 3.06
    Percent above/below national average: -5.56%
    Total number of families: 1,380,760
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 44.83%


     

  • #39 (tie). Nebraska
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    #39 (tie). Nebraska

    Average family size: 3.06
    Percent above/below national average: -5.56%
    Total number of families: 478,683
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 45.37%


     

  • #39 (tie). Wyoming
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    #39 (tie). Wyoming

    Average family size: 3.06
    Percent above/below national average: -5.56%
    Total number of families: 147,961
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.33%


     

  • #37 (tie). Missouri
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    #37 (tie). Missouri

    Average family size: 3.07
    Percent above/below national average: -5.25%
    Total number of families: 1,529,363
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.27%


     

  • #37 (tie). Oregon
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    #37 (tie). Oregon

    Average family size: 3.07
    Percent above/below national average: -5.25%
    Total number of families: 979,610
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 41.76%


     

  • #34 (tie). Michigan
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    #34 (tie). Michigan

    Average family size: 3.10
    Percent above/below national average: -4.32%
    Total number of families: 2,498,193
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 41.44%


     

  • #34 (tie). Pennsylvania
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    #34 (tie). Pennsylvania

    Average family size: 3.10
    Percent above/below national average: -4.32%
    Total number of families: 3,195,577
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 39.82%


     

  • #34 (tie). Rhode Island
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    #34 (tie). Rhode Island

    Average family size: 3.10
    Percent above/below national average: -4.32%
    Total number of families: 256,464
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 41.86%


     

  • #32 (tie). Arkansas
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    #32 (tie). Arkansas

    Average family size: 3.11
    Percent above/below national average: -4.01%
    Total number of families: 757,729
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 41.55%


     

  • #32 (tie). Tennessee
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    #32 (tie). Tennessee

    Average family size: 3.11
    Percent above/below national average: -4.01%
    Total number of families: 1,674,753
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 41.07%


     

  • #30 (tie). Kansas
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    #30 (tie). Kansas

    Average family size: 3.12
    Percent above/below national average: -3.70%
    Total number of families: 729,881
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 45.21%


     

  • #30 (tie). North Carolina
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    #30 (tie). North Carolina

    Average family size: 3.12
    Percent above/below national average: -3.70%
    Total number of families: 2,515,338
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.79%


     

  • #27 (tie) . Colorado
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    #27 (tie) . Colorado

    Average family size: 3.13
    Percent above/below national average: -3.40%
    Total number of families: 1,318,973
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 45.42%


     

  • #27 (tie) . Indiana
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    #27 (tie) . Indiana

    Average family size: 3.13
    Percent above/below national average: -3.40%
    Total number of families: 1,654,898
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.47%


     

  • #27 (tie) . South Carolina
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    #27 (tie) . South Carolina

    Average family size: 3.13
    Percent above/below national average: -3.40%
    Total number of families: 1,220,791
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 39.78%


     

  • #26. Washington
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    #26. Washington

    Average family size: 3.14
    Percent above/below national average: -3.09%
    Total number of families: 1,738,213
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.71%


     

  • #25. Massachusetts
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    #25. Massachusetts

    Average family size: 3.15
    Percent above/below national average: -2.78%
    Total number of families: 1,627,194
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.17%


     

  • #22 (tie). Alabama
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    #22 (tie). Alabama

    Average family size: 3.16
    Percent above/below national average: -2.47%
    Total number of families: 1,232,880
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 40.14%


     

  • #22 (tie). Connecticut
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    #22 (tie). Connecticut

    Average family size: 3.16
    Percent above/below national average: -2.47%
    Total number of families: 894,413
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.87%


     

  • #22 (tie). Oklahoma
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    #22 (tie). Oklahoma

    Average family size: 3.16
    Percent above/below national average: -2.47%
    Total number of families: 967,783
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.61%


     

  • #20 (tie). Delaware
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    #20 (tie). Delaware

    Average family size: 3.17
    Percent above/below national average: -2.16%
    Total number of families: 232,569
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 38.75%


     

  • #20 (tie). Virginia
    34/ Ron Cogswell // Wikicommons

    #20 (tie). Virginia

    Average family size: 3.17
    Percent above/below national average: -2.16%
    Total number of families: 2,067,943
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.56%


     

  • #19. Washington, D.C.
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    #19. Washington, D.C.

    Average family size: 3.19
    Percent above/below national average: -1.54%
    Total number of families: 121,101
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.27%


     

  • #18. Mississippi
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    #18. Mississippi

    Average family size: 3.23
    Percent above/below national average: -0.31%
    Total number of families: 746,858
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 41.89%


     

  • #17. Idaho
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    #17. Idaho

    Average family size: 3.24
    Percent above/below national average: 0.00%
    Total number of families: 408,281
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 44.60%


     

  • #15 (tie). Louisiana
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    #15 (tie). Louisiana

    Average family size: 3.26
    Percent above/below national average: 0.62%
    Total number of families: 1,122,841
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.03%


     

  • #15 (tie). Maryland
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    #15 (tie). Maryland

    Average family size: 3.26
    Percent above/below national average: 0.62%
    Total number of families: 1,455,962
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 43.69%


     

  • #13 (tie). Florida
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    #13 (tie). Florida

    Average family size: 3.27
    Percent above/below national average: 0.93%
    Total number of families: 4,759,855
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 37.81%


     

  • #13 (tie). Illinois
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    #13 (tie). Illinois

    Average family size: 3.27
    Percent above/below national average: 0.93%
    Total number of families: 3,122,597
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 44.14%


     

  • #12. Arizona
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    #12. Arizona

    Average family size: 3.30
    Percent above/below national average: 1.85%
    Total number of families: 1,602,188
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.27%


     

  • #10 (tie). New Jersey
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    #10 (tie). New Jersey

    Average family size: 3.31
    Percent above/below national average: 2.16%
    Total number of families: 2,213,123
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 44.51%


     

  • #10 (tie). New York
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    #10 (tie). New York

    Average family size: 3.31
    Percent above/below national average: 2.16%
    Total number of families: 4,611,982
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.81%


     

  • #9. Georgia
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    #9. Georgia

    Average family size: 3.33
    Percent above/below national average: 2.78%
    Total number of families: 2,443,757
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 45.29%


     

  • #7 (tie). Nevada
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    #7 (tie). Nevada

    Average family size: 3.36
    Percent above/below national average: 3.70%
    Total number of families: 658,692
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 44.11%


     

  • #7 (tie). New Mexico
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    #7 (tie). New Mexico

    Average family size: 3.36
    Percent above/below national average: 3.70%
    Total number of families: 490,155
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 42.35%


     

  • #6. Alaska
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    #6. Alaska

    Average family size: 3.42
    Percent above/below national average: 5.56%
    Total number of families: 166,629
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 47.84%


     

  • #5. Puerto Rico
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    #5. Puerto Rico

    Average family size: 3.43
    Percent above/below national average: 5.86%
    Total number of families: 867,816
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 38.17%


     

  • #4. Texas
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    #4. Texas

    Average family size: 3.44
    Percent above/below national average: 6.17%
    Total number of families: 6,450,049
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 47.87%


     

  • #3. California
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    #3. California

    Average family size: 3.54
    Percent above/below national average: 9.26%
    Total number of families: 8,800,019
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 45.83%


     

  • #2. Hawaii
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    #2. Hawaii

    Average family size: 3.60
    Percent above/below national average: 11.11%
    Total number of families: 314,721
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 38.37%


     

  • #1. Utah
    53/ Ken Lund // Wikicommons

    #1. Utah

    Average family size: 3.65
    Percent above/below national average: 12.65%
    Total number of families: 690,208
    Percent of families with children younger than 18 years old: 51.28%


     

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