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This article is about the demographics of single fathers. For the picture with regard to single mothers See:Demographics of single mothers around the world.

Generally speaking single fathers are less prevalent than single mothers in the Demographics of single parenthood around the world

United StatesEdit

In the United States today, there are nearly 13.6 million single parents raising over 21 million children.[1] Single fathers are far less common than single mothers, constituting 16% of single-parent families.[2] According to Single Parent Magazine, the number of single fathers has increased by 60% in the last ten years, and is one of the fastest growing family situations in the United States.[1] 60% of single fathers are divorced, by far the most common cause of this family situation. In addition, there is an increasing trend of men having children through surrogate mothers and raising them alone.[3] While fathers are not normally seen as primary caregivers, statistics show that 90% of single-fathers are employed, and 72% have a full-time job.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Single Parent Statistics. Single Parent Magazine. URL accessed on 11/13/2011.
  2. Single-Parent Families - Single Fathers Compared to Single Mothers. Net Industries and its Licensors. URL accessed on 10/18/2011.
  4. What Do Single Parent Statistics Tell Us?. Single Parent Center. URL accessed on 7 December 2011.

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