Wednesday, June 12, 2003
The United States Census Bureau issued a press release today in which it reported that 20 million children were living in one-parent homes in March 2002.
According to the report, Children's Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002, 19.8 million children under 18 lived with one parent: 16.5 million with their mother and 3.3 million with their father. About 3-in-10 living with their single father, or 1.1 million, resided in a household that included dad's unmarried partner. In contrast, only 1-in-10 children who lived with their single mother, or 1.8 million, shared the home with mom's unmarried partner.
On the health insurance front, 88 percent of all children had coverage as compared with 91 percent of those living with two parents, 86 percent of those with single mothers and 82 percent of those with single fathers. Only 59 percent of children in households where neither parent was present had health insurance coverage.
Other highlights from the report and accompanying tables:
The findings are from the Annual Demographic Supplement to the March 2002 Current Population Survey, which uses Census 2000 as the base for its sample. As in all surveys, the data are subject to sampling variability and other sources of error.
The report can be accessed at http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/p20-547.pdf.