What is a “traditional” family these days?
The make-up of a U.S. family has changed dramatically over the past century. The latest figures from the U.S. 2010 Census indicate that the average U.S. household consists of 2.6 people versus approximately 4.0 in 1940. Likewise, married couples with children make up only 20 percent of all U.S. households versus 40 percent in 1970. But while the look of a family may no longer be “traditional”, the balancing act facing families is unchanged, with concerns ranging from child and elder care to spouse employment.
To take a closer look at the issues affecting domestic transferees and their families, in mid-2011 Worldwide ERC surveyed nearly 150 corporate, government and military relocation experts whose organizations were responsible for transferring more than 42,000 employees within the United States during 2011. The full survey results can be found in the 2011 U.S. Mobility Survey. Here are a few highlights from the study, which was sponsored exclusively by relocation specialists , TRC Global Mobility.