Income >> Poverty >> Family Type

Poverty gender gap narrows for single-parent families.

  • From 2005 to 2014, the highest poverty rates have been in households headed by females raising children without a husband (30.2% in 2014).
  • Over the same period, the most dramatic increase in poverty has been in households headed by males raising children without a wife (22.3% in 2014). 
  • For married couples – with and without children – 2014 poverty rates have not changed significantly since 2005 (4.4% for married couples with children and 2.6% for married couples without children).
  • For married couples and single parents, families with children were more likely than those without children to live in poverty.