Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, single motherhood is now becoming the new “social-norm.”
This prevalence is due in part to the growing trend of children born outside marriage — a societal trend that was virtually unheard of decades ago.
About 4 of 10 or 40% of children were born to unwed mothers. Nearly two-thirds are born to mothers under the age of 30.2
Of all single-parent families in the U.S., single mothers make up the majority.
According to U.S. Census Bureau, out of 12 million single parent families in 2015, more than 80% were headed by single mothers.
Today 1 in 4 or 25% of children under the age of 18 — a total of about 17.4 million — are being raised without a father and nearly half (45%) live below the poverty line.
For those living with father, about 21% live in poverty. In contrast, among children living with both parents, 13% are counted as poor.
STATISTICS OF SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES * (2015)
– 84% Single Mom Family
– 16% Single Dad Family
– Around 49% of single mothers have never married
– 51% are either divorced, separated or widowed. Half have one child, 30% have two.
– About two thirds are White, one third Black, one quarter Hispanic. One third have a college degree, while one sixth have not completed high school.
two thirds of single mothers are working outside the home, a slightly greater share than the share of married mothers who are also working outside the home.
However, only half are employed full-time all year long, a quarter (23.2%) are jobless the entire year. Among those who were laid off or looking for work, less than a quarter (22.4%) received unemployment benefits.
If a single mother is able to work, her earning power still lags significantly compared with men’s, about 78¢ to a $1 for the same job — leaving a wage gap of 23 cents on the dollar.
The wage disparities are even greater for women of color — African-American women earn only 64¢, while Hispanic and Latinas fare worse, being paid just 56¢ on the dollar.
Single mothers earn income that place them well below married mothers in the income ladder. The gap between the two groups is significantly large.
The median income for families led by a single mother in 2015 was about $26,000, one third (⅓) the median for married couple families ($84,000.) Nearly half with an annual income of less than $25,000.
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