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

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Number of poor families with a single mother in the U.S. 1990-2017 This statistic shows the number of families with a female householder with no husband present in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, around 3.7 million families with a female householder lived below the poverty level in the U.S. 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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This statistic shows the number of families with a female householder with no husband present in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, around 3.7 million families with a female householder lived below the poverty level in the U.S. 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
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* No husband 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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