According to a 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report:

  • There are 11,667,000 single-parent families in the U.S.
  • Single mothers headed 81.4% of those families.
  • More than a third (35.6%) of those families were poor.
  • Most of the remaining families lived paycheck to paycheck.
  • Almost one-third (31.6) of these families were food insecure.
  • Of all custodial single mothers,76% are employed; 53% work full-time year-round.
  • Number of single moms collecting TANF (welfare) is less than 5%.



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