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This article is about the demographics of single mothers. For the picture with regard to sinle fathers See:Demographics of single fathers around the world.
Generally speaking single mothers are more prevalent than single fathers in the Demographics of single parenthood around the world
In the United States, 72.6% of single parents are mothers. Among this percentage of single mothers: 45% of single mothers are currently divorced or separated, 1.7% are widowed, 34% of single mothers never have been married. 
- ↑ Susan (October 13, 2012), Single Mother Statistics, Single Mother Guide, http://singlemotherguide.com/single-mother-statistics/
- ↑ America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011 – Table FG10. Family Groups: 2011, United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2011.html, retrieved on 8 November 2012
- ↑ Single-Parent Families - Demographic Trends. Marriage and Family Encyclopedia. Net Industries and its Licensors. URL accessed on 1 October 2011.
- ↑ What Do Single Parent Statistics Tell Us?. Single Parent Center. URL accessed on 7 December 2011.