The statistics on single-mother families

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The U.S. Census Bureau published some statistics on the number of families with a single mother in the United States from 2011 to 2017. There were 15.678 million families with a female parent with no husband in the country in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, the numbers of families with a single mother approximated to 15.489 million and 15.195 million respectively. The number of these families decreased to 15.553 million in 2014.

In 2015, there were around 15.630 million families with a single mother in the country. In 2016 and 2017, there were 15.581 million and 15.425 million families with a female parent only.

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Next, let’s look at the information on the percentage of households led by a female householder with no spouse present and their own children under 18 years old living in the household in the U.S. in 2017 by state. In 2017, the largest percentage of households led by a single mother with children under age 18 was recorded in Louisiana: 11.67 percent. Next was Mississippi with 11.3 percent of single-mother households. New Mexico came in third with 9.81 percent, while North Carolina was fourth with 9.53 percent of households. Georgia rounded out the top five in 2017 with about 9.48 percent of households headed by a single mother.

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In 2013, there were around 4.646 million families with a female householder in the U.S. living below the poverty level. The number grew to 4.764 million families in 2014, then decreased in 2015 to 4.404 million families. In 2016, the number of such families amounted to around 4.138 million.

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About Pavel Prikhodko

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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