As Jan Brady can tell you, being the middle child often means being the butt of a life-long joke. However, a new report is completely serious about the fact that Americans actually want more middle children.

Over recent years, Americans have been trending towards smaller families, but that doesn’t mean middle siblings are unwanted. In fact, it could be just the opposite—and it all comes down to economics. After World War II most Americans said that their ideal number of kids was three or more, but that number took a plunge in the 1960s and 1970s. Now nearly, two-thirds of American moms only have one or two kids.

However, according to a recent Gallup Survey, 41 percent of American adults believe the ideal number of kids is three or more, a finding up significantly since the 1990s.

With the cost of childcare higher than previous decades and many parents concerned about the economy, the middle child has become less of a joke and more of a…status symbol. The idea being that having three or more kids is a sign of economic stability and even wealth.

Despite the growing appeal of large families, the actual birth rates are still trending in the opposite direction, which makes the Jans of the world all the more of rare and elusive, indeed.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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