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Executive Summary:

The Fourth Annual Index of Family Belonging and Rejection

  • Only 46 percent of American 15- to 17-year-olds were raised with both their biological parents married to one another (belonging to each other) since before or around the time of their birth.
  • The parents of 54 percent of American 15- to 17-year-olds have rejected one another.
  • Regionally, the Northeast (50 percent) has the highest Family Belonging Index and the South (42 percent) has the lowest.
  • Utah (57 percent), Minnesota (56 percent), and Nebraska (55 percent) have the highest Family Belonging Indices of all the states.
  • The District of Columbia (17 percent), Mississippi (32 percent), and Louisiana (36 percent) have the lowest Family Belonging Indices of all the states.
  • Family belonging is strongest among Asians (65 percent) and weakest among Blacks (17 percent).