A new study sheds light on the ways that some U.S. households differ from other countries in the world. The Pew Research Center recently released its findings of single-parent homes, showing that the United States “has the world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households.”
For the past few decades, the number of children living with a single parent has risen, but according to pewresearch.org, this trend has gone along with a “decline in marriage rates and a rise in birth rates outside of marriage.” According to the U.S. Census, however, the majority of children still live with two parents.
The global average of children living in single-parent homes is 7 percent, while the study shows that in the U.S. alone, 23 percent of “U.S. children under the age of 18 live with one parent and no other adults.”
Other countries provide different statistics in this area. The amount of children living in single-parent homes in China is 3 percent, the rate increases slightly in Nigeria at 4 percent and Canada at 15 percent.