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Percent of Households Headed by Single Mothers

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Overview

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of children living in households headed by single mothers increased from 11 percent in 1970 to 23 percent in 2005. During the same time period, the percent of children being raised by single fathers grew from 1 to 5 percent. However, children raised by single mothers are more likely to be raised in poverty than those being raised by single fathers or in married couple households. The percent of single mothers who were working full-time declined between 2002 and 2004, from 50 percent to 47 percent. Although full-time employment does not guarantee an escape from poverty, it may eventually led to greater income and financial stability, both of which are associated with more positive outcomes for children.

Percent of Households Headed by Single Mothers

The Top 10 results for 2009 (ranked by percent single mom)

Zip Codepercent single momraw single momTotal HouseholdsYear
6209029.51625492009
6310629.1124542842009
6314027.4461682009
6220426.687332792009
6220726.089134292009
6220124.981432642009
6312023.597841602009
6310723.0115350172009
6313621.34050189802009
6313321.162329552009

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DATA NOTES
Calculation: (Number of households headed by single mothers/Total number of households) x 100.
Calculations made by Vision for Children at Risk.
* Data Not Available.

COMPARATIVE NORM:
U.S: 8.7%
MO: 8.6%
IL: 8.7%
U.S. Census Bureau,
American Community Survey (2005)