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More Poor, Minority Children Living With Both Parents

July 13, 2001

The proportion of poor and minority children living with single mothers declined starting around 1995. Although it doesn't speculate on the cause, that is the conclusion reached by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • In black households with incomes less than twice the poverty level, the proportion of children living with single mothers dropped from 47.1 percent to 43.1 percent between 1995 and 2000.
  • In similar Hispanic households, the drop was from 24.6 percent to 21.3 percent.
  • Experts find it significant that the proportion of black and Hispanic youngsters living in single-mom households did not change much over the prior decade, from 1985 to 1995.

Some experts speculate on possible contributing factors -- including declining teenage pregnancy rates, increased wages earned by low-income workers and reforms in the welfare system.

Source: Gene Koretz, "Economic Trends: Fewer Kids with Single Moms," Business Week, July 16, 2001.


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