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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

what was the average family size in the 50's?

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in canada!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Average family size as measured by US census

    1947 3.64

    1959 3.67

    It does not specify whether families were intact, and this does include childless famiilies.

  • 1 decade ago

    You'd think in general, that the size of a family has decreased over the years. Medicine wasn't as good 60 years ago, so more kids died at an early age, thus families were much bigger. I was born in the 60's, but I would guess that a family in Canada or the U.S. was around 4 kids in the 50's. Might be as high as 5 kids.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    There is no such thing as a sustainable yearly wage for anyone. Nothing is guaranteed to anyone for any amount. Each family has it's own needs and some families of the same size can get by with less than others. The problem with the idea of a sustainable yearly wage assumes that all employers would need to pay an average wage for every family. No government can "best" provide people anything when it comes to needs. Needs are determined by each individual based upon their circumstances. It isn't the role of the government to provide needs for anyone. When anyone any where depends on government for basic needs, he then becomes a slave to that government.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yr 1950 , Average family size 3.54

    Source(s): Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Censuses
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    3-4

  • 1 decade ago

    In Canada the average family size was 3.7 in 1973 and 3.0 in 2001. The average family size for each of these countries seems to dwell around 3 people. With social and economic success the focal point of life in an industrialized country, couples are choosing to have relatively small families. Children today can prove to be a financial burden on some families especially when it comes to educating them.http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2006/StaceyJohnson....

    It seems the American family has gotten smaller over the last century. Today the average number of children is 3.18 while the average in 1940 was 3.76. There are many changes in American society that might have contributed to this decrease. For example there has been a reduction in the number of children born per woman. In the early Twentieth Century, it was not uncommon to see a woman with five or more children. Since then different methods of birth control have been created and there has been widespread use of contraceptives. Women are also choosing to have children later in their childbearing years, making it more difficult to have large families. This may be due to their participation in the workforce. Women are no longer traditional homemakers; instead they find time for their independent careers.

    The decrease in the number of children per woman is not the only factor responsible for the smaller American family. Another factor that must be considered is the change in family structure. There is a higher percentage of children living in a mother-only household. Between 1960 and 1999 the percentage escalated from 8% to 27%.

    In industrialized countries all around the world the average family size has fallen significantly. In China the average family size decreased from 4.81 in 1973 to 3.38 in 20031. The dramatic drop is due to the enforcement of the "One Child Policy" implemented to conserve Chinese resources and prevent overpopulation. In Canada the average family size was 3.7 in 1973 and 3.0 in 2001. The average family size for each of these countries seems to dwell around 3 people. With social and economic success the focal point of life in an industrialized country, couples are choosing to have relatively small families. Children today can prove to be a financial burden on some families especially when it comes to educating them.

    Developing countries no longer have a big demand for large families. With advancements in child birth there is no need to have "extra children" for fear of child mortality. Many regions of the world where women are expected to have as many as 6 children in her lifetime are being educated in family planning to reduce their population. This way the countries' resources would be sufficient for its population. Average family since June 1890 to March 2002 See the link below : http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2006/StaceyJohnson....

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mom, Dad, and 8 Children.

  • 1 decade ago

    The statistically correct answer is 2.5 children.

  • 1 decade ago

    Average faimly size:

    3.5 (average across all canadian families.)

  • 1 decade ago

    Where? In which country?

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