The United States is a global leader in single-parent households–not simply among “advanced” democracies, but among 130 countries and territories from across a full spectrum of regions, development statuses, and types of government. We have twice as many single-parent households as Germany or Denmark, three times as many single-parent homes as Mexico, and more than 20 times as many single family homes as Mali.
Roughly one-quarter of all U.S. children live with one parent and no other adults–three times the global rate of single-adult households. In most cases, that parent is a single mother.
In the United States, right now, one-in-five children live with a solo mother (a number that’s nearly doubled in the last fifty years).
Given current trends, a child born to two married parents is increasingly likely to grow up in a single-adult household.
According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-in-five children born within a marriage today will be living with a solo parent before their ninth birthday.