Number of poor families with a single mother in the U.S. 1990-2018

This statistic shows the number of families with a female householder with no spouse present in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2018. In 2018, around 3.74 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.

Number of families with a female householder in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2018

Number of poor families with a female householder in thousands
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Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* No spouse 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 2017 can be found here.

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