Family Structure Among Families with Children Under Age 18 in New Hampshire

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Why This Indicator Matters

A large body of literature on family structure and child wellbeing documents the disadvantages confronted by children growing up in single-parent families (Hair et al. 2015 and Ratcliffe 2015). It is also worth noting, however, that many of the challenges faced by children in single-parent families are complicated by other factors that co-occur with single-parenthood, like lack of economic resources or time.

In New Hampshire, about 72 percent of families with children were headed by a married couple across 2015-2019; the remaining families with children were headed by a single mother (19.5 percent) or father (8.8 percent). Of those families headed by single parents, 68.8 percent of those were headed by single mothers, a slight decrease from 70.5 in 2015.


References:

Hair, Nicole L., Jamie L. Hanson, Barbara L. Wolfe, and Seth D. Pollak (2015). “Association of Child Poverty, Brain Development, and Academic Achievement.” JAMA Pediatrics 169(9): 822–829.
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Definitions: Family structure (married-couple family, single-father family, and single-mother family) among families with children under age 18 by county. 

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau (2016), American Community Survey (2016). Table B11003, Family Type by Presence and Age of Own Children Under 18 Years, 5 Year Estimates

Footnotes: 90% confidence interval