Census Bureau News -- Profile America Facts for Features: Father's Day: June 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The idea of Father's Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father's Day celebration June  17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane's mayor because it was the month of Smart's birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

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How Many Fathers?

70.1 million
Estimated number of fathers across the nation.
Source: Unpublished data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation

24.7 million
Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2011.

  • 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
  • 3 percent lived in someone else's home.

Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html  Table FG1

1.7 million
Number of single fathers in 2011; 15 percent of single parents were men.

  • Ten percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
  • About 45 percent were divorced, 31 percent were never married, 19 percent were separated, and 5 percent were widowed.
  • 38 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html  Tables FG5 and FG6.

Thinking of You, Dad

The number of men's clothing stores around the country (as of 2009), a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.
Source: County Business Patterns
http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/  code 44811

The number of hardware stores (as of 2009), a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father's Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,897 home centers across the country in 2009.
Source: County Business Patterns
http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/  hardware stores code 444130, home centers code 444110

Number of sporting goods stores in 2009. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
Source: County Business Patterns
http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/ sporting goods code 451110

79.1 million
The number of Americans who participated in a barbecue in 2010. It's probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father's Day.
Source: GFK Mediamark Research and Intelligence as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 1240.
http://www.gfkmri.com and http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab

Stay at Home Dads

Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2011. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for upwards of 332,000 children.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html Table FG8

In spring 2010, the percentage of preschoolers regularly cared for by their father during their mother's working hours.
Source: Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2010

Child-Support Payments

$1.9 billion
Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2009; they were due $3.5 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009 

Percentage of custodial fathers who received all child support that was due in 2009, not significantly different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 42 percent.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009 

Percentage of custodial fathers receiving noncash support, such as gifts or coverage of expenses, on behalf of their children. The corresponding proportion for mothers was 58 percent.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009 

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

Black History Month (February)                                                      Labor Day
Super Bowl                                                                                        Grandparents Day
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)                                                                Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Women's History Month (March)                                                   Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/                                      Halloween (Oct. 31)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)                                                            American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)                              (November) 
Older Americans Month (May)                                                        Veterans Day (Nov. 11)      
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)                                                                    Thanksgiving Day
Mother's Day                                                                                      The Holiday Season (December)  
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                                                   
Father's Day                                                                                  
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)                                                                                                   

Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: PIO@census.gov.

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


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