Number of children living with a single mother or a single father in the U.S. from 1970 to 2017 (in 1,000)

Number of U.S. children living in a single parent family 1970-2017 This statistic shows the number of children living with a single mother or single father from 1970 to 2017. In 2017, about 19.97 million children in the United States lived with one parent, approximately 16.77 million of them with their mother only.
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YearMother onlyFather only
19707,452748
197510,2311,014
198011,4061,060
198513,0811,554
199013,8741,993
199516,4772,461
200016,1623,058
200517,2253,497
201017,2832,572
201217,9912,924
201317,5322,999
201417,4102,848
201517,0062,751
201617,2233,006
201716,7673,206
YearMother onlyFather only
19707,452748
197510,2311,014
198011,4061,060
198513,0811,554
199013,8741,993
199516,4772,461
200016,1623,058
200517,2253,497
201017,2832,572
201217,9912,924
201317,5322,999
201417,4102,848
201517,0062,751
201617,2233,006
201716,7673,206
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This statistic shows the number of children living with a single mother or single father from 1970 to 2017. In 2017, about 19.97 million children in the United States lived with one parent, approximately 16.77 million of them with their mother only.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1970 to 2017
Special properties
Children under 18 years only

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