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Indicator 11. Children of Single Parents

Number and percent of own children under 18 years old in married-couple and single-parent families, by race of family householder: 1950 to 1992

                      [Numbers in thousands] ______________________________________________________________________         | Number of  | Number and percent of own children under 18         |   own1/    |________________________________________________   Year  |  children  |Married-couple families|Single-parent families2/         |  under 18  |_______________________|________________________         |            |  Number   |  Percent  |  Number  |   Percent ________|____________|___________|___________|__________|_____________                                      All races  1950 ...      42,253      39,252        92.9      3,002           7.1 1955 ...      54,712      48,655        88.9      6,057          11.1 1960 ...      64,519         ---         ---        ---           --- 1965 ...      66,014      59,557        90.2      6,457           9.8 1970 ...      66,714      59,143        88.7      7,571          11.3 1975 ...      62,733      52,611        83.9     10,122          16.1 1980 ...      57,700      46,810        81.1     10,890          18.9 1985 ...      57,658      45,556        79.0     12,102          21.0 1988 ...      57,824      45,342        78.4     12,482          21.6 1989 ...      58,876      45,959        78.1     12,918          21.9 1990 ...      59,013      45,907        77.8     13,105          22.2 1991 ...      59,523      45,882        77.1     13,641          22.9 1992 ...      60,490      45,955        76.0     14,536          24.0                                       White3/  1970 ...      57,446      52,791        91.9      4,655           8.1 1975 ...      53,608      47,086        87.8      6,522          12.2 1980 ...      48,739      41,903        86.0      6,836          14.0 1985 ...      47,975      40,218        83.8      7,757          16.2 1988 ...      48,000      39,915        83.2      8,085          16.8 1989 ...      48,380      40,229        83.2      8,151          16.8 1990 ...      48,522      40,251        83.0      8,270          17.0 1991 ...      48,803      40,285        82.5      8,518          17.5 1992 ...      49,497      40,253        81.3      9,244          18.7                                      Black3/  1970 ...       8,462       5,619        66.4      2,843          33.6 1975 ...       8,095       4,598        56.8      3,497          43.2 1980 ...       7,724       3,845        49.8      3,879          50.2 1985 ...       7,741       3,689        47.7      4,052          52.3 1988 ...       7,780       3,744        48.1      4,035          51.9 1989 ...       8,022       3,676        45.8      4,347          54.2 1990 ...       8,151       3,722        45.7      4,430          54.3 1991 ...       8,245       3,583        43.5      4,662          56.5 1992 ...       8,460       3,681        43.5      4,779          56.5                                      Hispanic4/  1980 ...       4,631       3,643        78.7        988          21.3 1985 ...       5,663       4,171        73.7      1,492          26.3 1988 ...       6,254       4,516        72.2      1,737          27.8 1989 ...       6,355       4,552        71.6      1,804          28.4 1990 ...       6,478       4,763        73.5      1,715          26.5 1991 ...       6,796       4,949        72.8      1,847          27.2 1992 ...       6,934       4,919        70.9      2,015          29.1 ______________________________________________________________________ 
---Data not available.

1/"Own" children in a family are sons and daughters, including stepchildren and adopted children, of the householder. Excludes householders under 18 years, subfamily reference persons, and their spouses.
2/Includes unmarried couples
3/Includes Hispanics.
4/Hispanics may be of any race.

NOTE: Because of rounding, details may not add to totals.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Household and Family Characteristics, various years; and Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1988 - 1990, nos. 433, 445, and 450.


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