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One-parent and two-parent families

Families with Children Under 18 Headed by Single Parents

Year Percent
2020 29.3%
2010 29.5%
2000 27.1%
1990 23.7%

Families in poverty by household type

Family Type With
Married Couple 4.4% 2.5%
Male Householder, No Wife Present 13.6% 5.7%
Female Householder, No Husband Present 29.5% 8.3%

Families by household type

Percent of Families by Household Type


Population by race

Washington state population by race


Social-economic conditions

State economic, demographic, and social trends are related to one another and, in turn, affect government policies on spending and taxation. A strong economy, for example, attracts more people to the state, which in turn boosts state tax collections. At the same time, however, increases in population also put additional pressure on such areas of state responsibility as public schools, prisons, and social services. Social developments, such as crime rates and the incidence of teenage pregnancies, also contribute to demands on public resources.