Two Out of Three Kids in America Are Living With Both Parents

Posted November 7, 2017, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Two out of three children in America are living in a married-couple household, according to 2016 data — the most recent on record. Although this statistic has declined over time, it has increased slightly and stabilized in recent years.

Parents play important roles in a child’s development. Kids growing up in households with two parents in a low-conflict marriage tend to have better health, greater access to health care and fewer emotional or behavioral problems.

Nationwide, 33% of kids — 24.4 million children total — live with their mother (25%) or father (8%). Among children residing with unmarried parents, one in four kids live with a parent and their cohabiting partner.

At the state level, kids in Utah are the most likely to live in a married-couple household (82%) while kids in Louisiana and Mississippi are most likely to live in a single-parent household (both at 56%).Kids who live in a married-couple household are more likely to have access to resources that allow them to thrive. The poverty rate for married-couple families is almost five times lower than it is for a single-parent family (7% vs. 32%), according to the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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