American Dads by the Numbers: A Father's Day Run-Down

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Father's Day is here, bringing with it the yearly parade of neckties and bottles of Scotch and barbecue tools. But while the traditional Father's Day gifts aren't likely to change anytime soon, fatherhood itself is in the middle of a major transformation. The number of single dads has never been higher; for that matter, neither is the number of hours that men spend with their offspring. American dads are spending more time shopping, cooking, and taking care of their kids than at any time in history.

With that in mind, here are 10 numbers that paint a picture of the changing American father.

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American Dads by the Numbers: A Father's Day Run-Down
The number of American fathers in 2008, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau. (That's the last year data is available for.)
The number of single dads who are heads of household, representing 16 percent of single-parent families.
The number of hours per week the average father spends with his children. This has nearly tripled since 1965, but 46 percent of fathers still say that they don't spend enough time with the kids.
How much more likely dads are than moms to take their children to the movies.
Percentage of dads who would rather spend "quality time" with their family than receive a present on Father's Day.
Number of dads who qualified as "stay-at-home" parents in 2012.
Cat Stevens, "Father and Son" (A cover of it hit #2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1995)
George Strait, "A Love Without End, Amen" (#1 Country Singles Chart 1990)
The Temptations, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (#1 Pop Singles 1974)
Brad Paisley, "Anything Like Me" (#1 Country Songs, 2010)
Luther Vandross, "Dance With My Father" (#4 Hot Adult Contemporary, 2004)
Johnny Cash, "A Boy Named Sue" (#2 Hot 100, 1969)
Madonna, "Papa Don't Preach" (#1 Hot 100, 1986)
John Mayer, "Daughters" (#19 Hot 100, 2004)
Elvis Presley, "Don't Cry, Daddy" (#6 U.S. Charts, 1969)
Eric Clapton, "My Father's Eyes" (#16 Top 40, 1998)
Percentage of dads who hope that they won't get a necktie on Father's Day.
Percentage of men and women who think that Mother's Day gets more attention than Father's Day. 15 percent of respondents -- and 23 percent of men! -- are okay with that.
Ten of the best movie dads ever, according to a completely scientific poll of the opinions of Bruce Watson, the author of this article.

Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
Vito Corleone, "The Godfather"
Guido, "Life Is Beautiful"
Daniel Hillard, "Mrs. Doubtfire"
Ted Kramer, "Kramer Vs. Kramer"
Marlin, "Finding Nemo"
Man, "The Road"
Bryan Mills, "Taken"
George Monroe, "Life as a House"
Harry Stamper, "Armageddon"

Bruce Watson is DailyFinance's Savings editor. You can reach him by e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.
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