Are You An Average Dad?

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I'll bet you think that you're just another average Dad - but believe me you're not. I was trolling through the US Census databanks looking for demographics for another project and came across some very interesting statistics about us Dads. I’d recommend you better sit down to read these numbers…whoops – it appears that 67.8% of you already are sitting down. Here are some other facts you did not know…



The average US male is…

  • 34.4 years old.
  • Married with two children.
  • Earns $36,100 per year and has $3,100 in the bank.
  • Sleeps about 7 hours on a work night.
  • Is in the best shape of his life @ 23 years old
  • Is just over 5' 9" tall.
  • Weighs 175 pounds.
  • 69% of us consider ourselves physically fit
  • 13% of us actually are physically fit
  • Runs a mile in 8 minutes 34 seconds
  • Can do 36 sit-ups in 1 minute
  • Can do 27 push-ups in 1 minute
  • Can do 1 (one) pull-up
  • Has a waist of 34 inches
  • Loses 1 pound of muscle a year
  • Gains about 1.1 pounds of fat a year
  • Thinks that our butt is the body part that turns women on most
  • Spends the most of our workout time trying to develop our chests
  • 45% of us use fitness equipment as a place to hang their clothes
  • 13% of us use fitness equipment as a doorstop
  • 1 in 7 of us would rather work out than have sex
  • We have a life expectancy of 73.6 years


dad mom kids familySo what about all of us Dads?  Well apparently there are some key statistics about us have been compiled as well.  An as I read through all of these items and demographics I literally thought to myself – “Wow, I am so not normal….I’m not even close to average”



FATHER’s IN THE U.S. … (According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data)

70.1 million - Estimated number of fathers across the nation.
24.7 million - Number of married fathers with children younger than 18 in 2011

  • 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18
  • 3 percent lived in someone else's home.

1.7 million - Number of single fathers in 2011

  • 15 percent of all single parents were men
  • 10 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
  • 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.



176,000 - 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.
17% - Percentage of preschoolers cared for by their father while their mother works.
24 million - children live apart from their biological fathers. That’s 1 out of every 3 kids

  • 64% - Nearly 2 out of every 3 African American children live in father-absent homes.en
  • 34% - Are Hispanic children.
  • 25% - Of white children live in father-absent homes
  • 11% - Total percentage of children that lived in father-absent homes in 1960

Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.

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  • 63% of teen suicides come from fatherless homes. That’s 5 times the national average.
  • 90% of all runaways & homeless children are from fatherless homes. 32 times the US average.
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes. 14 times the national average.
  • 85% of children with behavioral problems come from fatherless homes. 20 times the US average.
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. 9 times the national average.
  • 75% of all kids in chemical abuse centers are from fatherless homes. 10 times the average.
  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.
  • Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are
    • 53% more likely to marry as teenagers
    • 71% more likely to have children as teenagers
    • 64% more likely to have a pre-marital birth
    • 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.

Researchers of Columbia University found that children living in two-parent households with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Moreover, teens in single-mother households fared much worse. They had a 30% higher risk than those in all two-parent households.

“Without two parents, working together as a team, the child has more difficulty learning the combination of empathy, reciprocity, fairness and self-command that people ordinarily take for granted. If the child does not learn this at home, society will have to manage his behavior in some other way. He may have to be rehabilitated, incarcerated, or otherwise restrained. In this case, prisons will substitute for parents.”


  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
  • Even in high crime neighborhoods, 90% of children from stable 2 parent homes where the Father is involved do not become delinquents.
  • Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.

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So if you are a Dad or Mom reading this article – thank you.  You are the parents who are raising great kids; developing people of character; and caring for the future leaders of our nation and the world.  Bless you all.


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