Single-mother families make up half of all households in poverty

Among all families, nearly one in five is headed by an unmarried woman, compared to one in two among poor families. One in three families headed by unmarried women is poor, compared to one in 10 of all families. One in four children lives in a single-mother family, but one in two children living in such families is poor.

Family Poverty Rates, 2011

Single-mother families make up half of all households in poverty

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2012.