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Single Parent Households Across the U.S.

TUESDAY, JUN 14, 2022

As the nation prepares to celebrate its newest federal holiday – Juneteenth, the date in 1865 on which Texas slaves learned they were free – the legacy of broken families among its Black communities remains. Slightly more than 17 percent of all U.S. households are headed by a single parent; a Social Explorer analysis of 2016-20 American Community Survey data finds almost one-third of all Black households are led by a single parent.

Single parents make up a majority of Black households in eight counties where there are more than 1,000 Black households. In Bleckley County, Ga., 61.2 percent of Black households are headed by single parents (compared to 22 percent for all households). It’s trailed by Des Moines County, Iowa (61 percent); Telfair County, Ga. (53.6 percent); Brown County, Wisc. (52.5 percent); Oneida County, N.Y. (51.9 percent); Pulaski County, Ga. (51.4 percent); Woodbury County, Iowa (50.8 percent); and Walton County, Ga. (50 percent).

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Author: Frank Bass

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