Larger Families Becoming More Ideal

Attractions could see increased visitation from larger families in the coming years. According to Gallup, four in ten (41%) adults think families of three or more children are ideal, a share that was last matched in 1997. The share of Americans who believe having four or more children is ideal has also increased to 15%, up from 9% recorded in 2007. Americans’ preference for larger families began to decline after the Baby Boom era and through the 1970s and ’80s. It reached a low of 28% in 1986, after a period of multiple recessions. Today, it is still much more common for mothers to have had only one or two kids—but this could change as Americans’ preferences begin to shift. (Pew Research, 8.9.18)