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The Rise of Single Fathers | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

Given the focus on women’s liberation and the bad rap that minority men get regarding fatherhood, men as a popular media category, have not been portrayed favorably–especial so called “men of color.”

The Pew Foundation shares recent data that documents increasing “single parent fatherhood.”  It appears that men are increasingly taking on the role of parent on their own.

 

“A record 8% of households with minor children in the United States are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in 1960, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Decennial Census and American Community Survey data.The number of single father households has increased about ninefold since 1960, from less than 300,000 to more than 2.6 million in 2011.1 In comparison, the number of single mother households increased more than fourfold during that time period, up to 8.6 million in 2011, from 1.9 million in 1960.As a result, men make up a growing share of single parent householders.2 In 1960, about 14% of single parent households were headed by fathers, today almost one-quarter 24% are.There are some notable differences between single mothers and single fathers. Single fathers are more likely than single mothers to be living with a cohabiting partner 41% versus 16%. Single fathers, on average, have higher incomes than single mothers and are far less likely to be living at or below the poverty line—24% versus 43%.

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Single fathers are also somewhat less educated than single mothers, older and more likely to be white. Compared with fathers heading households with two married parents, single dads are younger, less educated, less financially well-off and less likely to be white. In this report, fathers include those men who are ages 15 or older, who are the head of their household, and who report living with their own minor children biological children, step-children or adopted children. Fathers who are living in a household headed by someone else are excluded from the analysis, as are fathers whose children are not living with them.The term ‘single father’ includes men in a variety of family circumstances. About half 52% are separated, divorced, widowed or never married and are living without a cohabiting partner; some 41% are living with a non-marital partner; and a small share 7% are married but living apart from their spouse.3Cohabiting single fathers are particularly disadvantaged on most socio-economic indicators. They are younger, less educated and more likely to be living in poverty than are fathers who are raising children without a spouse or partner in the household.Overall, two-thirds 67% of households with children are headed by two married parents; in 1960, this share was 92%.4″

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