Around the table

A majority of families eats dinner together regularly

Heading into the new year, many families undoubtedly will make a resolution to spend more time together. However, as a recent Gallup poll indicates, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, a majority of American families (53 percent) eats dinner together six to seven days a week. That number hasn’t changed much during the times the pollster has taken this survey (in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2013). Here’s the average number of dinners families eat together each week, combined from the polls in 2001, 2005 and 2013, broken down by certain categories:

Average dinners

U.S. adults 5.1

Married 5.3

Single 4.8

Employed full time 5

Employed part time/unemployed 5.3