Children & Youth

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The number of single-parent families with children under 18, as a percent of all families with children under 18.

Why is this important?

Children in single-parent families are far more likely to grow up in low-income households than those living with two parents. They are at greater risk of low academic performance and behavioral problems and may experience parental conflict and residential instability as well.

How is our region performing?

In 2013-17, 39% of families with children under 18 in the region were headed by one parent only, above the national rate of 34% and the statewide rate of 36%. The regional rate increased by 2 points from 2008-12 (37%), and 6 points from 2000 (31%) to 2008-12, for a total increase of 8 points from 2000 to 2013-17.

Among local counties, the highest rates were found in Monroe (41%) and Orleans (42%), while the lowest rate was in Genesee (31%). In the city of Rochester, 73% of families were headed by a single parent in 2013-17, an increase of 5 points from 2008-12, for a total of 11 points from 2000 to 2013-17. Every county saw an increase from 2000 to 2013-17, with the largest in Wyoming and Orleans (each 11 points).

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Single-Parent Families
20002008-122013-17
United States29%34%34%
NYS33%37%36%
NYS (excluding NYC)26%31%32%
Region31%37%39%
Monroe33%40%41%
Surrounding Counties28%34%35%
Genesee26%33%31%
Livingston28%33%36%
Ontario26%31%33%
Orleans31%39%42%
Seneca30%38%36%
Wayne28%34%36%
Wyoming24%34%35%
Yates30%31%33%
Rochester62%68%73%
Batavia37%41%*39%*
Canandaigua35%44%*42%*
Geneva43%51%*50%*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Single-Parent Families
20002008-122013-17
United States11,101,75512,926,40512,798,816
NYS819,405838,622784,426
NYS (excluding NYC)375,146415,879395,176
Region49,62353,95851,786
Monroe32,73435,13134,212
Surrounding Counties16,88918,82717,574
Genesee2,1052,3332,032
Livingston2,2412,3792,355
Ontario3,5054,1294,045
Orleans1,7971,9681,913
Seneca1,2441,4941,201
Wayne3,7884,1143,672
Wyoming1,2821,5551,528
Yates927855828
Rochester18,87517,70517,185
Batavia754707*668*
Canandaigua505549*465*
Geneva677598*625*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
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Worse than NYS by 10% or more
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