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

Single fathers in the U.S.: number of poor families 1990-2017 This statistic shows the number of families with a male householder (no wife present) in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, about 349 thousand families with a male householder in the U.S. lived below the poverty level. Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.
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Number of poor families with a male householder in thousands
2017793
2016847
2015939
2014969
20131,008
20121,023
2011950
2010892
2009942
2008723
2007696
2006671
2005669
2004657
2003636
2002564
2001583
2000485
1999485
1998476
1997507
1996531
1995493
1994549
1993488
1992484
1991392
1990349
Number of poor families with a male householder in thousands
2017793
2016847
2015939
2014969
20131,008
20121,023
2011950
2010892
2009942
2008723
2007696
2006671
2005669
2004657
2003636
2002564
2001583
2000485
1999485
1998476
1997507
1996531
1995493
1994549
1993488
1992484
1991392
1990349
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This statistic shows the number of families with a male householder (no wife present) in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, about 349 thousand families with a male householder in the U.S. lived below the poverty level. Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2017
Supplementary notes
* Households with a male householder and 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."
Families as of March of the following year.

Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.

Data prior to 2016 can be found here.

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