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Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, single motherhood is now becoming the new “norm”.
This prevalence is due in part to the growing trend of children born outside marriage.
About 4 out 10 children were born to unwed mothers. Nearly two-thirds are born to mothers under the age of 30.
Of all single-parent families in the U.S., single mothers make up the majority.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau,
Out of 12.2 million single parent families in 2012, more than 80% were headed by single mothers.
Today, 1 in 3 children – a total of 15 million – are being raised without a father. Of that group, nearly half live below the poverty line.
Around 45% of single mothers have never married, around 55% 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 quarter have a college degree, one sixth have not completed high school.
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