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The U.S. Census Bureau released estimates last week showing 10.9 million one-parent family groups with a child under 18 in 2022. Data from the annual release of America’s Families and Living Arrangements also show that a mother maintained 80% of one-parent family groups.

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 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.


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