- Families headed by single mothers are five times as likely to live in poverty as married-couple families.
- Children in single-mother homes are less likely to graduate from high school or earn a college degree. They are more likely to become single parents themselves, perpetuating the cycle.
- Almost 30 percent of American children now live with a single parent or with no parent at all. Single parenting is less common in white and Asian households, but only 38 percent of Black children live with married parents.
Source: The Two Parent Privilege; Nicholas Kristoff (NYT)