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IDEAL FOR KIDS

Half of Americans (48%) say two is the ideal number of children for a family to have, reflecting a decades-long preference for a smaller family over a larger one. The reason for the smaller number is the increasing cost of raising children, say Pew Research.

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RURAL POVERTY

The poverty rate for children under 18 living in rural areas stood at 26.2% in 2013, more than 4% higher than the metro child poverty rate of 21.6%, according to Census estimates.

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TAX DAY

The top 20% of taxpayers (making $134,300+) pay 83.9% of all federal income taxes. The three million people in the top 1% of earners pay nearly half the income tax, according to the Tax Policy Center.

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SPENDING ON FOOD

The bottom 10% of Americans, by income, devote 42% of their spending to housing and an additional 17% to food–nearly 60% of their total spending, according to the Consumer Expenditures Survey. By contrast, the wealthiest 10% of Americans dedicate only 31% of their spending to housing and 11% to food–closer to 40% of total spending.

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WHERE ARE PEOPLE GOING

The nation’s most #urban counties continue to attract #Americans by the millions, according to the Census Bureau’s 2014 county population estimates. A Demo Memo analysis of 2010-to-2014 county population trends along the Rural-Urban Continuum documents strong city growth (the bigger, the better) and unrelenting rural decline.

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FAMILY TRENDS

Among children under age 15, only 20% live the “traditional” lifestyle—two parents, married, and a mother who does not work because she is caring for the family, the Census Bureau reports.

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RURAL SUICIDES

The suicide rates for young people in rural areas “are almost twice as high” as those for city kids, says the Washington Post, summarizing a study by researchers at Ohio State University. The study reviewed 66,595 suicides from 1996-2010 by people from ages 10 to 24.

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AGING AMERICANS

In 2029, the youngest members of the baby-boom generation (born from 1946 through 1964) will turn 65. With boomers inflating the older age groups, the elderly share of the American population will climb to 25 percent by 2050—three times greater than the 8 percent of 1950.

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SINGLE YEARS

The percentage of men and women aged 25 to 29 who have never married has risen significantly over the past 54 years, according to the Demo Memo blog.  Since 1960, the percentage of men never married in that age group has risen from 21% to 68%; for women, it increased from 11% to 54%.

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SHIFT IN JOBS

The New York Times reports the types of jobs that pay middle-class wages have shifted since 1980. Fewer of these positions are in male-dominated production occupations, while a greater share are in workplaces more open to women.

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