According to a recent Pew Research Center Survey. . . fewer people, across all age groups, consider children to be an important part of a successful marriage.
Only two decades ago the majority of Americans considered children vital to a good marriage. Today, kids fall near the bottom of the list — behind shared household chores, adequate income and housing and a happy sexual relationship. GMA American Family
If this weren't the case:
USDA links. "Expenditures on Children by Families" and "Trends in Public Higher Education, Pricing...