Number of children living with a single mother or a single father in the U.S. from 1970 to 2016 (in 1,000)

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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
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This statistic shows the number of children living with a single mother or single father from 1970 to 2016. In 2016, about 20.23 million children in the United States lived with one parent, approximately 17.22 million of them with their mother only.

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