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.
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: