Number of families with a single father in the U.S. from 1990 to 2017 (in 1,000)

United States - number of families with a single father 1990-2017 This statistic shows the number of families with a single father in the United States from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, there were around 2.9 million families with a male householder and no wife present in the United States.
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Number of families in thousands
20176,424
20166,452
20156,311
20146,162
20136,330
20126,231
20115,888
20105,649
20095,582
20085,255
20075,103
20065,067
20055,134
20044,901
20034,717
20024,663
20014,440
20004,277
19994,099
19983,977
19973,911
19963,847
19953,513
19943,228
19932,914
19923,065
19913,025
19902,907
Number of families in thousands
20176,424
20166,452
20156,311
20146,162
20136,330
20126,231
20115,888
20105,649
20095,582
20085,255
20075,103
20065,067
20055,134
20044,901
20034,717
20024,663
20014,440
20004,277
19994,099
19983,977
19973,911
19963,847
19953,513
19943,228
19932,914
19923,065
19913,025
19902,907
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This statistic shows the number of families with a single father in the United States from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, there were around 2.9 million families with a male householder and no wife present in the United States.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2017
Supplementary notes
* Family household with a male householder, no wife present - with and without children aged 18 and under.

The Census Bureau defines a family as follows: "A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family."

Data prior to 2016 can be found here.

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