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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 19. Characteristics of family households with own children under 18, by race/ethnicity and family structure: 2007

[In thousands]
Race/ethnicity and family structure Total families Families with own children under 18 Families with own children under 6 Families with own children under 3
Total Percent of
all families
Percentage distribution Families with Total Percent of
all families
Total Percent of
all families
1 child
under 18
2 children under 18 3 children under 18 4 or more under 18
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
All races1  78,425 (227.5) 36,757 (178.6) 46.9 (0.18) 100.0 (†) 15,651 (123.5) 13,815 (116.5) 5,188 (73.0) 2,104 (46.8) 16,306 (125.8) 20.8 (0.15) 9,469 (97.5) 12.1 (0.12)
Married-couple families 58,945 (211.3) 26,158 (155.2) 44.4 (0.21) 71.2 (0.24) 10,127 (100.7) 10,497 (102.4) 3,930 (63.7) 1,604 (40.9) 12,130 (109.7) 20.6 (0.17) 7,175 (85.4) 12.2 (0.14)
Families with male householder, no spouse present 5,063 (72.1) 2,015 (45.8) 39.8 (0.71) 5.5 (0.12) 1,243 (36.1) 553 (24.1) 171 (13.4) 47 (7.0) 803 (29.0) 15.9 (0.53) 503 (23.0) 9.9 (0.43)
Families with female householder, no spouse present 14,416 (118.9) 8,585 (93.1) 59.6 (0.42) 23.4 (0.23) 4,280 (66.4) 2,765 (53.6) 1,087 (33.7) 453 (21.8) 3,373 (59.1) 23.4 (0.36) 1,790 (43.2) 12.4 (0.28)
                                                 
White, non-Hispanic 54,632 (206.3) 23,213 (147.4) 42.5 (0.22) 100.0 (†) 10,091 (100.5) 8,871 (94.5) 3,144 (57.1) 1,108 (34.1) 9,867 (99.5) 18.1 (0.17) 5,875 (77.5) 10.8 (0.14)
Married-couple families 44,327 (191.9) 17,849 (131.1) 40.3 (0.24) 76.9 (0.28) 7,076 (84.8) 7,188 (85.5) 2,630 (52.3) 954 (31.6) 7,996 (90.0) 18.0 (0.19) 4,821 (70.4) 10.9 (0.15)
Families with male householder, no spouse present 2,921 (55.0) 1,279 (36.6) 43.8 (0.94) 5.5 (0.15) 820 (29.3) 345 (19.0) 92 (9.8) 22 (4.8) 429 (21.2) 14.7 (0.67) 272 (16.9) 9.3 (0.55)
Families with female householder, no spouse present 7,384 (86.6) 4,085 (64.9) 55.3 (0.59) 17.6 (0.26) 2,195 (47.8) 1,337 (37.4) 422 (21.0) 131 (11.7) 1,442 (38.8) 19.5 (0.47) 782 (28.6) 10.6 (0.37)
                                                 
Black2  9,272 (83.3) 5,057 (65.2) 54.5 (0.50) 100.0 (†) 2,282 (45.4) 1,686 (39.3) 697 (25.6) 392 (19.2) 2,182 (44.4) 23.5 (0.43) 1,176 (33.0) 12.7 (0.34)
Married-couple families 4,358 (61.1) 2,133 (43.9) 48.9 (0.74) 42.2 (0.68) 868 (28.5) 784 (27.1) 291 (16.6) 189 (13.4) 906 (29.1) 20.8 (0.60) 508 (21.9) 11.7 (0.47)
Families with male householder, no spouse present 864 (28.4) 329 (17.6) 38.1 (1.61) 6.5 (0.34) 200 (13.8) 89 (9.2) 28 (5.2) 12 (3.4) 146 (11.8) 16.9 (1.24) 90 (9.2) 10.4 (1.01)
Families with female householder, no spouse present 4,050 (59.1) 2,596 (48.2) 64.1 (0.74) 51.3 (0.69) 1,214 (33.5) 813 (27.6) 378 (18.9) 190 (13.4) 1,129 (32.4) 27.9 (0.69) 579 (23.3) 14.3 (0.54)
                                                 
Hispanic 10,152 (82.3) 6,356 (70.1) 62.6 (0.47) 100.0 (†) 2,354 (45.7) 2,401 (46.1) 1,094 (31.7) 507 (21.8) 3,259 (53.0) 32.1 (0.45) 1,871 (41.0) 18.4 (0.38)
Married-couple families 6,762 (71.8) 4,392 (60.3) 65.0 (0.57) 69.1 (0.57) 1,451 (36.4) 1,768 (39.9) 797 (27.2) 376 (18.8) 2,352 (45.7) 34.8 (0.57) 1,364 (35.3) 20.2 (0.48)
Families with male householder, no spouse present 945 (29.6) 317 (17.3) 33.5 (1.50) 5.0 (0.27) 172 (12.8) 94 (9.4) 40 (6.2) 11 (3.2) 187 (13.3) 19.8 (1.26) 116 (10.5) 12.3 (1.04)
Families with female householder, no spouse present 2,445 (46.5) 1,647 (38.6) 67.4 (0.93) 25.9 (0.54) 731 (26.1) 539 (22.5) 258 (15.6) 119 (10.6) 720 (25.9) 29.4 (0.90) 390 (19.2) 16.0 (0.72)
† Not applicable.
1 Race of family is defined as race of head of household. "All races" includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
2 Includes Black persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
NOTE: Own children are never-married sons and daughters, including stepchildren and adopted children, of the householder or married couple. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2007, Current Popula­tion Survey (CPS), Annual Social and Economic Supplement, retrieved July 31, 2008, from http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam/cps2007.html. (This table was prepared August 2008.)