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?

Single-parent families may experience more stress and economic strain than dual-parent households with two incomes. Children in these families can be at risk of poorer health and educational outcomes. However, children may also have opportunities to build resilience and experience a larger community through the support of extended family and friends.

How is our region performing?

In 2016-20, 39% of families with children in the region were headed by one parent only, above the national rate of 34% and the statewide rate of 36%. The regional rate stayed the same from 2011-15, but increased 8 points from 2000 (31%).

Among local counties, the highest rates were found in Monroe (42%) and Orleans (41%), while the lowest rate was in Yates (28%). In the city of Rochester, 72% of families were headed by a single parent in 2016-20, up 10 points from 2000. Almost every county saw an increase from 2000 to 2016-20, except Yates. The largest increases were in Ontario (11 points), and Livingston and Orleans (both at 10 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
20002006-102011-152016-20
NYS33%36%37%36%
NYS (excluding NYC)26%30%32%32%
Region31%36%39%39%
Monroe33%38%41%42%
Surrounding Counties28%32%36%35%
Genesee26%31%34%31%
Livingston28%30%36%38%
Ontario26%29%36%37%
Orleans31%35%42%41%
Seneca30%37%34%35%
Wayne28%34%36%34%
Wyoming24%31%35%31%
Yates30%34%33%28%*
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester62%68%73%72%
Greece25%30%35%40%
Perinton16%20%25%*25%*
Pittsford (V)26%34%***29%**10%***
Gates24%28%*41%*41%*
Penfield15%18%*23%*15%*
Wheatland25%26%***42%**37%**
East Rochester41%41%**48%**38%*
Parma22%30%*32%*31%**
Honeoye Falls (V)22%33%***40%**37%***
Webster19%22%*24%33%*
Clarkson19%18%**30%**33%**
Ogden16%31%*21%*25%*
Hilton (V)23%48%***39%**43%***
Chili22%23%*30%*32%*
Mendon13%21%***17%*15%**
Sweden26%26%***37%*44%*
Brighton21%25%*21%*27%*
Webster (V)38%63%**52%**68%**
Brockport (V)33%31%***45%**42%**
Irondequoit24%33%37%34%
Fairport (V)26%23%***28%***52%***
Rush14%17%***19%***25%***
Spencerport (V)21%55%***30%**24%***
Henrietta19%27%29%34%*
Churchville (V)23%14%***33%***20%***
Riga18%23%***25%**20%***
Scottsville (V)23%17%***42%**38%**
Hamlin22%32%**33%*28%*
Pittsford12%19%*13%*11%*
Regional Cities
Batavia37%46%*36%*53%*
Canandaigua35%46%*42%*49%*
Geneva43%47%*55%*60%*

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
20002006-102011-152016-20
NYS819,405838,655819,442752,174
NYS (excluding NYC)375,146408,199409,715387,313
Region49,62353,36953,76051,921
Monroe32,73434,88034,94834,303
Surrounding Counties16,88918,48918,81217,618
Genesee2,1052,3542,3001,954
Livingston2,2412,1312,5842,223
Ontario3,5053,9034,4664,799
Orleans1,7971,7351,9242,000
Seneca1,2441,5051,1931,184
Wayne3,7884,2703,8993,473
Wyoming1,2821,5131,5391,348
Yates9271,078907637*
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester18,87518,08417,42216,448
Greece3,1313,4013,6444,146
Perinton1,0431,2451,397*1,278*
Pittsford (V)4466***58**21***
Gates857897*1,263*1,207*
Penfield721817*1,058*665*
Wheatland171135***235**200**
East Rochester352350**357**234*
Parma466631*653*619**
Honeoye Falls (V)74123***148**116***
Webster9981,265*1,2781,690*
Clarkson177177**241**250**
Ogden443822*494*593*
Hilton (V)217384***325**371***
Chili842865*1,044*1,066*
Mendon158260***212*185**
Sweden373322***455*497*
Brighton8571,036*810*1,019*
Webster (V)272503**416**363**
Brockport (V)206163***254**184**
Irondequoit1,4982,0342,1141,857
Fairport (V)211162***139***385***
Rush6076***79***70***
Spencerport (V)101253***142**107***
Henrietta7771,1511,2201,515*
Churchville (V)6134***82***47***
Riga144149***154**131***
Scottsville (V)7040***163**97**
Hamlin344429**367*270*
Pittsford447734*451*363*
Regional Cities
Batavia754895*637*760*
Canandaigua505602*497*558*
Geneva677665*683*697*

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%.











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