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 2014-18, 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 1 point from 2009-13 (38%), and 7 points from 2000 (31%) to 2009-13, for a total increase of 8 points from 2000 to 2014-18.

Among local counties, the highest rates were found in Monroe (42%) and Orleans (40%), while the lowest rate was in Yates (27%). In the city of Rochester, 74% of families were headed by a single parent in 2014-18, an increase of 4 points from 2009-13, for a total of 12 points from 2000 to 2014-18. Almost every county saw an increase from 2000 to 2014-18, except Yates. The largest increase was in Wyoming (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
20002009-132014-18
United States29%35%34%
NYS33%37%36%
NYS (excluding NYC)26%31%32%
Region31%38%39%
Monroe33%40%42%
Surrounding Counties28%35%34%
Genesee26%32%32%
Livingston28%35%35%
Ontario26%33%32%
Orleans31%41%40%
Seneca30%35%35%
Wayne28%34%35%
Wyoming24%35%35%
Yates30%35%27%
Rochester62%70%74%
Batavia37%40%*46%*
Canandaigua35%42%*48%*
Geneva43%49%*52%*

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
20002009-132014-18
United States11,101,75512,987,22012,703,766
NYS819,405833,801771,145
NYS (excluding NYC)375,146416,443391,012
Region49,62354,06051,838
Monroe32,73435,11034,824
Surrounding Counties16,88918,95017,014
Genesee2,1052,2142,010
Livingston2,2412,5922,241
Ontario3,5054,3753,896
Orleans1,7971,9671,952
Seneca1,2441,2471,205
Wayne3,7883,9283,590
Wyoming1,2821,5821,490
Yates9271,045630
Rochester18,87517,71417,216
Batavia754657*715*
Canandaigua505536*530*
Geneva677588*678*

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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