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Statistical Brief: Housing of Single-Parent Families

Report Number SB/91-15

More families these days are headed by single parents. Between 1985 and 1989, the number of single parents who maintained their own household and had their own children under 18 years old living with them rose from 7.5 million to 8.6 million. They comprise about one-quarter of all family households with own children. Most single parents living with children are women.

This Brief focuses on singleparent families — in particular, their housing characteristics — and compares them to married-couple family households with their children present. The data come from the 1989 American Housing Survey (AHS). The AHS is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted by the Bureau of the Census.


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