Noticing More Single Fathers? Record Number of Households With Kids Headed By Single Father


Have you noticed more single fathers in recent years? You probably aren't alone in that regard.

According to a report released this week by the Pew Research Center, the number of households with children that are headed by a single father now stands at a record 8 percent.

According to the Pew report:

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.

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.

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.


What the media is saying

Wall Street Journal: Single-Father Households Are Growing Much Faster Than Single-Mother Ones

Businessweek: Solo-Dad Families Growing at Twice Single-Mom Pace Since 1960

Los Angeles Times: Single dads head record share of U.S. households with children