Who are single moms today? These single mom statistics might surprise you:
There are 10 million single mother-lead families in the United States (Census). 3x the number in 1960.
25% of families are headed by single moms. (Pew).
40% of babies born in the United States are born to single mothers. (Pew)
Millennial single mom statistics
57% of babies born to millennials were out of wedlock. (John’s Hopkins)
64% of millennial moms reported at least one birth out of wedlock. (John’s Hopkins)
More educated millennials are having babies outside of marriage. Of millennial moms who have babies outside of marriage, 67% have some college education, and 32% have four or more years of higher education. (John’s Hopkins)
Older single mom statistics
48% jump in births to unmarried women aged 35-39 2007-12 (CDC)
29% jump in births to unmarried moms aged 40-44 (CDC)
While the rate of babies born to single mothers has declined slightly, there is a notable rise in babies born to single moms by choice – women who tend to be older, more educated, higher income. (CDC)
Single moms’ education and income
58% of single moms have attended college or have at least a bachelor’s degree (Pew)
Of millennial moms who have babies outside of marriage, 67% have some college education, and 32% have four or more years of higher education. (John’s Hopkins)
32% earn $40,000+ (Census)
10% earn $80,000+ (Census)
Single moms are overwhelmingly doing it all alone:
51% of custodial parents have child support agreements (informal or formal), but only 41% received all child support owed. (Census)
Of fathers who live apart from their children, only 22% of dads see their kids more than once per week. (Pew)
What is driving single mom trends?
There are 1.2 million divorces in the United States each year. (Census)
Traditional nuclear families with two married heterosexual parents are now the minority of U.S. The rise of single motherhood is the largest influence on this trend — followed by gay families, multigenerational families and . (Pew)
46% millennials and 44% GenXers say “Marriage is becoming obsolete.” (Pew)
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