More Children Living in Single-Parent Families

Posted October 7, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In 2012, 35% of children (24.7 million) lived in single-parent families. While there was little change in this indicator from the previous year, the percentage of children living in these households has increased by 13% (4 million children) since 2000. Kids living in single-parent families are four times more likely to live in poverty than those with married parents (37% vs. 9%). Rates of children in single-parent families range from a high of 49% in Mississippi to a low of 20% in Utah.

Percentage of Children in Single-Parent Families (2012)

See the Family and Community and Poverty sections of the KIDS COUNT Data Center to access data for the nation, states, the District of Columbia and the 50 largest cities: