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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 11


Indicator 11. Children of Single Parents


Number and percent of own children under 18 years old in married-couple and single-parent families, by race/ethnicity of family householder: 1950 to 1994

                        (Numbers in thousands)
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         Number of   Number and percent of own children under 18
           own\1\   --------------------------------------------------
  Year    children  Married-couple families  Single-parent families\2\
          under 18  -----------------------  -------------------------
                      Number     Percent        Number      Percent
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                                    All races
1950 ...     42,253     39,252        92.9         3,002          7.1
1955 ...     54,712     48,655        88.9         6,057         11.1
1960 ...     64,519        ---         ---           ---          ---
1965 ...     66,014     59,557        90.2         6,457          9.8
1970 ...     66,714     59,143        88.7         7,571         11.3
1975 ...     62,733     52,611        83.9        10,122         16.1
1980 ...     57,700     46,810        81.1        10,890         18.9
1985 ...     57,658     45,556        79.0        12,102         21.0
1988 ...     57,824     45,342        78.4        12,482         21.6
1989 ...     58,876     45,959        78.1        12,918         21.9
1990 ...     59,013     45,907        77.8        13,105         22.2
1992 ...     60,490     45,955        76.0        14,536         24.0
1993 ...     61,184     46,476        76.0        14,709         24.0
1994\3 .     62,582     47,231        75.5        15,352         24.5
                                     White\4\
1970 ...     57,446     52,791        91.9         4,655          8.1
1975 ...     53,608     47,086        87.8         6,522         12.2
1980 ...     48,739     41,903        86.0         6,836         14.0
1985 ...     47,975     40,218        83.8         7,757         16.2
1988 ...     48,000     39,915        83.2         8,085         16.8
1989 ...     48,380     40,229        83.2         8,151         16.8
1990 ...     48,522     40,251        83.0         8,270         17.0
1993 ...     49,788     40,543        81.4         9,245         18.6
1994\3 .     50,750     41,249        81.3         9,501         18.7
                                     Black\4\
1970 ...      8,462      5,619        66.4         2,843         33.6
1975 ...      8,095      4,598        56.8         3,497         43.2
1980 ...      7,724      3,845        49.8         3,879         50.2
1985 ...      7,741      3,689        47.7         4,052         52.3
1988 ...      7,780      3,744        48.1         4,035         51.9
1989 ...      8,022      3,676        45.8         4,347         54.2
1990 ...      8,151      3,722        45.7         4,430         54.3
1993 ...      8,685      3,744        43.1         4,941         56.9
1994\3 .      8,884      3,602        40.5         5,282         59.5
                                    Hispanic\5\
1980 ...      4,631      3,643        78.7           988         21.3
1985 ...      5,663      4,171        73.7         1,492         26.3
1988 ...      6,254      4,516        72.2         1,737         27.8
1989 ...      6,355      4,552        71.6         1,804         28.4
1990 ...      6,478      4,763        73.5         1,715         26.5
1993 ...      6,867      4,910        71.5         1,957         28.5
1994\3 .      8,268      5,865        70.9         2,402         29.1
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---Data not available.

/1/ ''Own'' children in a family are sons and daughters, including stepchildren and adopted children, of the householder. Excludes householders under 18 years, subfamily reference persons, and their spouses.

/2/ Includes unmarried couples

/3/ Based on 1990 Census.

/4/ Includes Hispanics.

/5/ Hispanics may be of any race.

NOTE: Because of rounding, details may not add to totals.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Household and Family Characteristics, various years; and Marital Status and Living Arrangements, nos. 433, 445 and 450.

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