U.S. has world's highest rate of children living in single-parent homes

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 17th, 2019 3:38 pm

The United States has the world's highest rate of children living in a single-parent household, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.

The study, which surveyed 130 countries, found that 23 percent of U.S. children under the age of 18 live with one parent and no other adults, compared to just seven percent of children in other countries. The study also found that U.S. children from Christian and religiously unaffiliated families are equally likely to live with just one parent.

By comparison, three percent of children in China, four percent of children in Nigeria, five percent of children in India, and 15 percent of children in Canada live in a household with just one parent.

U.S. children are also less likely to live with their extended families, with just eight percent of U.S. children living with relatives like aunts and grandparents, while 38 percent of children do so globally.

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