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5 facts about fathers

The Pew Research Center shares some facts, numbers and trends you may not know about dads.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jun 12, 2013 2:29PM

Just in time for Father’s Day, here are five facts you need to know about fathers via the Pew Research Center think tank:

Photo: Ariana Falerni Photography/Getty Images; Courtesy of the Pew Research Center

  • The Census Bureau estimates that last year there were about 189,000 stay-at-home dads who cared for an estimated 369,000 children.
  • Fathers have nearly tripled the amount of time they spend with their children, from 2.5 hours per week in 1965 to 7.3 hours per week in 2011, according to a Pew Research report that analyzed years of time-use data.
  • In 2009, there were about 2.4 million custodial fathers versus 11.2 million custodial mothers, according to a Census Bureau report.
  • More than three-quarters of new fathers took one week or less off from work after the birth or adoption of their most recent child, according to a 2011 Boston College study.
  • According to a 2012 poll from market-research firm Ipsos, 40 percent of dads would prefer to spend quality time with their families on Father’s Day, and 22 percent say they aren't hoping for gifts.

Read the complete the 5 facts about fathers list by Drew DeSilver, a senior writer at the Pew Research Center.

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