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Report: Northern States Have Many More Two-Parent Homes

By    |   Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 07:39 PM

A divide exists between the northern and southern halves of the country when it comes to single-parent homes vs. homes with two parents, according to a study.

The New York Times details the findings of the study, which found that in most cases, children in northern states are more likely to live with both of their biological parents than children in southern states.

At 57 percent, Utah, according to the data, is the state with the highest number of children living in two-parent households. A close second is Minnesota (56 percent), followed by Nebraska (55 percent), New Jersey (54 percent), New Hampshire (53 percent), North Dakota (53 percent), and Massachusetts (52 percent).

Connecticut, Idaho, and Iowa all have 51 percent.

The states with the lowest percentage of two-parent households are Mississippi (32 percent), Louisiana (36 percent), Arkansas (37 percent), Alabama (38 percent), Georgia (39 percent), Nevada (39 percent), New Mexico (39 percent), Oklahoma (39 percent), South Carolina (39 percent), and Tennessee (40 percent).

The researchers, sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox and psychologist Nicholas Zill, concluded there are two models in play: the blue-state model and red-state model.

In blue states, according to the data, citizens are generally more educated and make more money, which tends to lead to a stable marriage.

The red-state model proves education level is about the same as the blue-state one and couples rely more on religious beliefs for their family life, which generally leads to having children within a marriage.

States that didn't fit into these two criteria generally have lower rates of children living in two-parent homes, the researchers concluded.

A report last fall, meanwhile, showed that student loan debt is forcing Americans to delay marriage. With skyrocketing college tuition costs, student loan debt totaled more than $1 trillion last year.

"People are delaying marriage, looking for more fulfilling partners, delaying childbearing. This demographic is people in their late 20s, and most demographers would agree with that," RAND Corp. sociologist Robert Bozick said.

A story last summer claimed millennials are on track to be the most unmarried generation in history.

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