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A Day To Celebrate Dads

Jun 16, 2016 11:30AM ● By Editorial Intern f

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More than a century ago, Sonora Dodd, the daughter of Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, envisioned a day to celebrate fathers everywhere. In 1898, Dodd’s mother lost her life while giving birth to her sixth and final child. In turn, Dodd’s father was left to raise the newborn and his five other children by himself on the family’s farm in Spokane, Washington. Although Dodd was only 16, she recognized the immense sacrifices her widowed father had to make, and she wanted a memorable way to express her gratitude.

When Dodd shared her holiday idea with Spokane’s mayor, June 17, 1910 was chosen as the first Father’s Day celebration because June was Smart’s birth month. However, the inaugural presidential proclamation commemorating fathers wasn’t issued until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson nominated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the law, making Father’s Day an official holiday. Since then, families across the nation have observed the holiday every year. After all, fathers breaking their backs to provide a roof over their children’s heads and food on the table deserve to have a day to be appreciated and celebrated for all the work they do.

How Many Fathers?

70.1 million

Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available. Source: Wave 2 Fertility Topical Module from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation

http://www.nber.org/sipp/2008/2008w13tm.pdf

24.9 million

Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2015.

• 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).

• 3 percent were living in someone else’s home with their families.

Source: Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, Tables FG1 and FG3

https://www.census.gov/hhes/families/index.html

1.9 million

Number of single fathers in 2015; 16 percent of single parents were men.

• 9 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.

• About 45 percent were divorced, 33 percent were never married, 17 percent were separated, and 6 percent were widowed.

• About 47 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

Source: Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, Table FG6

https://www.census.gov/hhes/families/index.html

Thinking of You, Dad

22,508

The number of clothing stores, department stores, warehouse clubs and supercenters around the country where you could buy dad a dress shirt in 2012. Sales totaled an estimated $2.6 billion at these locations.

Source: 2012 Economic Census, Product Lines Statistics by Industry for the U.S. and States

http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/44SLLS1//naics~4481|4521|452910/prodsvc~20207

$20.4 billion

The estimated sales of hardware stores in 2012. There were 15,454 establishments in 2012 that sold tools and plumbing and electrical supplies. Included in those hardware stores were 8,514 establishments that sold ladders and scaffolding.

Source: 2012 Economic Census, Product Lines Statistics by Industry for the U.S. and States

http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/44SLLS1//naics~444130/prodsvc~20600|20601|20603|20604|20605|20606|20607|20608|20609

21,132

The number of sporting goods and recereational establishments in 2012, reporting $40.7 billion in total sales. Golf equipment was sold in 5,591 of those establishments, accounting for $2.1 billion in total sales.

Source: 2012 Economic Census, Product Lines Statistics by Industry for the U.S. and States http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/44SLLS1//naics~451110/prodsvc~20530|20531|20532|20533|20534|20535|20536|20537|20538|20539

7,100

Number of men’s clothing stores around the country in 2014, a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.

Source: County Business Patterns, NAICS code (44811) http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~44811/

15,331

Number of hardware stores in 2014, a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,561 home centers across the country in 2014.

Source: County Business Patterns, NAICS codes (444130) and (444110)

http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~444130

http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~444110

21,830

Number of sporting goods stores in 2014. These stores were good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.

Source: County Business Patterns, NAICS code (451110) http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~451110

Stay-at-Home Dads

199,000

Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2015. 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 wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 368,000 children.

Source: Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, Table SHP-1

http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/families.html

29.0%

In spring 2013, 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 2013

http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-135.pdf

Child-Support Payments

$3.1 billion

Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2013; they were due $4.2 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $19.4 billion of the $28.7 billion in support that was due. Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013, Page 11 https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/P60-255.pdf 

40.7%

Percentage of custodial fathers who received all child support that was due in 2013, not statistically different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 46.2 percent. Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013, Page 3, Table 1 https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/P60-255.pdf

70.3%

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 59.9 percent. Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013, Page 12 https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/P60-255.pdf  

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

African-American History Month (February)              Labor Day (1st Monday in September)

Super Bowl (1st  Sunday in February)                       Grandparents Day (1st Sunday after Labor Day)

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)                                            Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

Women’s History Month (March)                               

Unmarried and Single Americans Week (3rd week of September)

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)                     Halloween (Oct. 31)

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)                                     American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Earth Day (April 22)                                                     (November) 

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)            Veterans Day (Nov. 11)      

Older Americans Month (May)                                   Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)

Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May)                             The Holiday Season (December)    

Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                                                              

Father’s Day (3rd Sunday in June)                                                                              

The Fourth of July (July 4)

Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)

Back to School (August)                                                               

Source: U.S. Census Bureau