U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 21: Single Parent's Day


WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Tuesday, March 21st. This is Single Parent's Day– observed on this date every year since 1984 to recognize all those women and men who are raising children without partners. Single parent families may result not just from out-of-wedlock births, but also from divorce, a death in the family, or adoption. Historically, about 85 percent of children in America were raised in two-parent households. The number of single-parent families began to grow significantly around 1970, and today, just under 69 percent of children are raised by both parents. Of America's nearly 74-million children under 18 years, a little over 3-million are being raised by fathers alone. Close to 17 ¼-million are growing up with just their mothers. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at

Single Parents Day/accessed 1/19/2017:
Historic two-parent household percentage/fig. 1:
Children's living arrangements:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu). 


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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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