NOV. 17, 2022 — The U.S. Census Bureau today released estimates showing there were 10.9 million one-parent family groups with a child under the age of 18 in 2022. Data from the annual release of America’s Families and Living Arrangements also show that 80% of one-parent family groups were maintained by a mother.
The marital history of the parent who maintained one-parent family groups differed for fathers and mothers in 2022. Among one-parent family groups, 41% of single fathers were never married and 38% were divorced, compared to 51% of single mothers who were never married and 29% who were divorced.
About 44% of one-parent family groups had two or more of their own children under age 18 in the household. Two-thirds (67%) of one-parent family groups had at least one child under 12 years old and 51% had at least one child between the ages of 12 and 17 living with them.
These statistics come from the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which has collected statistics on families for more than 60 years. The data show characteristics of households, living arrangements, married/unmarried couples and children.
For more data on families and living arrangements, visit The Modern Family: Changes in Structure and Living Arrangements in the United States, How are Single-Parent Households Distributed Across the United States? or the Families and Living Arrangements page at census.gov.
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