Single mother-headed households

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The composition of families in America is constantly changing, and as a result, the type of primary caregiver in children's lives varies widely. Families may be headed by biological parents, step-parents, foster parents or other relatives. The number of caregivers in a household also varies widely, and increasingly, single parents have become primary caregivers in many families. Single parenting comes with a variety of unique challenges and research indicates that children growing up in single parent households face an increased risk for cognitive, financial, social and emotional concerns.
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Definitions: Single mother-headed households, five year estimates.

Data Source: American Community Survey. U.S. Census Bureau.