Figure BIRTH 4.
Percentage of All Children Living in Families with a Never-Married Female Head by Race and Ethnicity: 1982-2007
Note: Data are for all children under 18 who are not family heads (excludes householders, subfamily reference persons and their spouses). Inmates of institutions also are excluded. Children who are living with neither of their parents are excluded from the denominator. Based on Current Population Survey (CPS) data.
Race categories include those of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race. Beginning in 2002, estimates for Whites and Blacks are for persons reporting a single race only. Persons who reported more than one race are included in the total for all persons but are not shown under any race category. Due to small sample size, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders are included in the total for all persons but are not shown separately.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, “Marital Status and Living Arrangements, ”Current Population Reports, Series P20-212, 287, 365, 380, 399, 418, 423, 433, 445, 450, 461, 468, 478, 484, 491, 496, 506, 514 and “America’s Families and Living Arrangements,” Current Population Reports, Series P20-537, 547, 553 and ASPE tabulations of the CPS for 2007.
- Figure BIRTH 4 shows the percentage of all children living in families with a never-married female head of household by race and ethnicity from 1982 to 2007. Table BIRTH 4 shows corresponding estimates for selected years between 1960 and 2007. The percentage of children living in families with never-married female heads increased from 4.6 percent in 1982 to 11.0 percent in 2007.
- The percentage of White children living in families headed by never-married women has increased fourfold over the past 25 years, from 1.6 percent in 1982 to 6.6 percent in 2007.
- Among Hispanics of all races, the percentage of children living with a never-married female head of household tripled over the past 25 years, from 5.7 percent in 1982 to 12.9 percent in 2007.
- The percentage of Black children living in families with a never-married female head of household has been higher than the percentages for other groups throughout the time period. In 2007, 34.6 percent of Black children lived in families with a never-married female head of household compared to 6.6 percent for White children and 12.9 percent for Hispanic children.
Table BIRTH 4.
Number and Percentage of All Children Living in Families with a Never-Married Female Head by Race and Ethnicity: Selected Years