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Statistics on Fathers in the U.S.

Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2008: 25.8 million

Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2008: 140,000

Percentage of preschoolers who were regularly cared for by their father during their mother's working hours in 2008: 25 percent (about 2.9 million children)

Number of single fathers with custody of their children in 2008: 1.8 million (comprising 16 percent of all single parents in the U.S.)

Percentage of single fathers raising three or more children younger than 18 in 2008: 8

Percentage of children younger than 6 who ate breakfast with their fathers every day in 2008: 53

Percentage of children younger than 6 who ate dinner with their fathers every day in 2008: 71

Percentage of children younger than 6 who had 15 or more outings with their father in the last month (according to census research in 2006): 36

Percentage of children younger than 6 who were praised three or more times a day by their fathers: 66

Average number of times children ages 3 to 5 were read to by their fathers in a week (according to census research in 2006): 6

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