More American couples are going child-free, opting for the double-income-no-kids (DINK) lifestyle.
US birthrates took a steep dip during the Great Recession and have fallen since. In a Pew survey from October 2021, 44% of nonparents ages 18–49 said they were unlikely ever to have kids, compared with 37% in 2018. The 17% who cited money reasons may not be wrong: DINKhood does seem to be the financial sweet spot…
Child-free couples living together earn an average of $138,000/year, which is $9,000+ more than couples with kids, per Federal Reserve data analyzed by Rocket Mortgage.
Fed findings also show that DINKs’ median net worth of $399k is bigger than that of couples with children ($251k) or adults with any other family status.
But it's also said that people in a family with children live longer.
So, what do you think? Is money the only reason why fewer couples are having children? And should it be like that?
Feel free to express your opinion below.