One-parent and two-parent families

Families with Children Under 18 Headed by Single Parents

Year Percent
2017 29.8%
2010 29.5%
2000 27.1%
1990 23.7%
1980 19.2%
1970 11.8%
1960 8.2%

Families with Children Under 18
1960-2017

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  • Between 1960 and 2017, the share of families with children under 18 headed by single-parents increased from 8.2 percent to almost 29.8 percent.
  • Between 2000 and 2017 the share of two-parent families declined by 2.7 percentage points.

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Last modified: May 21, 2019
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