Children and Youth
Single-Parent Families

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Single-Parent Families

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What does this measure?

The estimated 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 the region performing?

In 2014-18, 29% of families in the Mid-Hudson Valley region were single-parent families, below both the state rate of 32% (excluding New York City) and the national rate of 34%. The proportion of single-parent families in the region increased 4 percentage points from 2000 to 2009-13 then increased an additional 1 percentage point from 2009-13 to 2014-18. This was similar to state and national trends. In 2014-18, Sullivan County had the highest proportion of single-parent families (39%), while Putnam had the lowest by far (19%).

Among local cities, there were relatively high proportions of single-parent families in Poughkeepsie (54%), Newburgh (59%) and Kingston (52%). Middletown was lower, at 39%. Populations in the towns and villages of the Mid-Hudson Valley were too small to yield reliable survey results.

Notes about the data

The multiyear 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. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). 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
Region24%28%29%
Columbia County27%35%38%
Dutchess County23%27%28%
Greene County30%34%29%
Orange County24%27%26%
Putnam County14%19%19%
Sullivan County33%38%39%
Ulster County29%33%37%
NYS (excluding NYC)26%31%32%
U.S.29%35%34%
Columbia Cities
Hudson57%61%*64%**
Columbia Towns
Ancram18%33%***31%***
Austerlitz18%13%***18%***
Canaan18%35%***36%**
Chatham22%15%***20%***
Claverack23%37%***49%**
Clermont32%22%**27%**
Copake25%23%***22%***
Gallatin19%27%***37%***
Germantown22%25%***16%***
Ghent22%28%**29%***
Greenport32%66%**38%***
Hillsdale28%16%***32%***
Kinderhook19%27%**38%*
Livingston21%33%**42%***
New Lebanon31%40%***35%***
Stockport31%21%***43%**
Stuyvesant20%46%***39%***
Taghkanic33%43%***39%***
Columbia Villages
Chatham29%48%**43%***
Kinderhook21%14%***37%***
Philmont35%36%***63%***
Valatie29%43%**43%***
Dutchess Cities
Beacon38%50%*34%**
Poughkeepsie57%62%54%
Dutchess Towns
Amenia23%36%***47%***
Beekman12%18%**12%**
Clinton14%28%***17%***
Dover21%27%**36%**
East Fishkill9%12%*12%*
Fishkill19%19%*35%*
Hyde Park21%25%*30%*
La Grange11%9%**15%**
Milan15%19%***18%***
North East31%48%**36%***
Pawling15%17%**17%**
Pine Plains23%8%***32%***
Pleasant Valley20%25%**24%**
Poughkeepsie21%26%25%*
Red Hook22%25%*32%*
Rhinebeck23%13%***18%***
Stanford17%38%***23%***
Union Vale6%13%***21%***
Wappinger21%26%*24%*
Washington18%32%***31%***
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill22%34%**42%***
Millbrook20%39%***43%***
Millerton39%44%***27%***
Pawling24%26%***29%***
Red Hook32%43%***43%**
Rhinebeck31%22%***36%***
Tivoli26%25%***40%***
Wappingers Falls48%41%***30%***
Greene Towns
Ashland21%24%***15%***
Athens26%30%***35%***
Cairo32%32%**32%***
Catskill39%44%*36%**
Coxsackie30%41%**17%**
Durham26%17%***48%**
Greenville22%19%***21%***
Halcott10%3%***0%***
Hunter35%39%***28%***
Jewett18%57%***30%***
Lexington23%19%***31%***
New Baltimore20%15%***19%***
Prattsville29%54%***21%***
Windham26%21%***19%***
Greene Villages
Athens35%40%***45%***
Catskill56%61%**53%***
Coxsackie36%39%***22%***
Hunter34%62%***100%***
Tannersville43%62%***21%***
Orange Cities
Middletown43%42%39%
Newburgh52%52%59%
Port Jervis48%46%*39%**
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove18%20%*12%*
Chester14%21%**23%**
Cornwall18%24%*26%*
Crawford14%20%**23%**
Deerpark23%35%**32%**
Goshen16%22%**17%**
Greenville12%26%***4%***
Hamptonburgh8%12%***8%***
Highlands19%22%**11%***
Minisink17%24%***28%**
Monroe10%12%*25%*
Montgomery27%27%*38%*
Mount Hope18%26%**33%**
New Windsor21%23%*19%*
Newburgh22%28%*26%*
Tuxedo17%16%***19%***
Wallkill28%31%33%*
Warwick15%26%*14%*
Wawayanda24%21%**36%**
Woodbury14%11%***19%**
Orange Villages
Chester26%27%***43%***
Cornwall-on-Hudson20%25%***17%***
Florida18%32%***19%***
Goshen25%23%***25%***
Greenwood Lake21%40%***0%***
Harriman31%18%***31%**
Highland Falls38%50%***19%***
Kiryas Joel4%5%***2%***
Maybrook24%42%**58%**
Monroe14%22%**25%**
Montgomery27%16%***38%***
Otisville36%28%***35%***
South Blooming Grove13%***26%***
Tuxedo Park18%11%***18%***
Unionville34%24%***56%***
Walden38%33%**40%**
Warwick22%36%**22%***
Washingtonville22%39%**13%**
Woodbury12%***19%**
Putnam Towns
Carmel12%18%*13%*
Kent16%16%**24%*
Patterson15%15%**26%**
Philipstown13%19%**14%**
Putnam Valley16%19%**22%**
Southeast14%24%*21%*
Putnam Villages
Brewster36%27%***37%***
Cold Spring19%20%***19%***
Nelsonville10%8%***21%***
Sullivan Towns
Bethel35%35%***31%***
Callicoon24%43%***29%***
Cochecton30%42%***30%***
Delaware24%22%***28%***
Fallsburg38%48%*50%*
Forestburgh7%30%***25%***
Fremont17%30%***21%***
Highland29%51%**48%***
Liberty42%41%*47%*
Lumberland20%18%***23%***
Mamakating21%27%*26%*
Neversink13%33%***19%***
Rockland36%39%**31%***
Thompson48%46%*57%*
Tusten31%34%**42%***
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg38%42%***7%***
Jeffersonville19%65%***31%***
Liberty46%60%**56%**
Monticello66%57%**73%*
Woodridge45%29%***48%***
Wurtsboro38%60%***51%***
Ulster Cities
Kingston44%45%52%
Ulster Towns
Denning9%21%***15%***
Esopus23%26%**35%**
Gardiner22%17%***24%***
Hardenburgh12%21%***9%***
Hurley22%25%***37%***
Kingston32%38%***41%**
Lloyd23%46%*24%**
Marbletown20%20%***21%***
Marlborough22%29%**36%**
New Paltz30%26%*35%*
Olive24%27%***32%***
Plattekill30%37%*39%*
Rochester26%25%***46%***
Rosendale32%31%**42%**
Saugerties27%29%*33%*
Shandaken35%32%***3%***
Shawangunk16%25%**23%***
Ulster29%37%*44%*
Wawarsing36%42%*44%*
Woodstock30%28%**30%***
Ulster Villages
Ellenville47%41%**40%***
New Paltz33%20%***42%***
Saugerties46%36%***32%***

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
Region35,41338,46935,372
Columbia County2,1432,3702,249
Dutchess County8,4799,4168,602
Greene County1,7271,5881,071
Orange County11,64412,87511,655
Putnam County1,8882,4302,020
Sullivan County3,1003,2913,259
Ulster County6,4326,4996,516
NYS (excluding NYC)375,146416,443391,012
U.S.11,101,75512,987,22012,703,766
Columbia Cities
Hudson511546*468**
Columbia Towns
Ancram3237***30***
Austerlitz2820***25***
Canaan3055***46**
Chatham11462***74***
Claverack181176***273**
Clermont7750**70**
Copake9484***86***
Gallatin3743***46***
Germantown5252***30***
Ghent148174**135***
Greenport154272**110***
Hillsdale5832***42***
Kinderhook213285**340*
Livingston83128**135***
New Lebanon98112***60***
Stockport12855***135**
Stuyvesant63137***118***
Taghkanic4250***26***
Columbia Villages
Chatham6698**48***
Kinderhook3221***49***
Philmont7160***89***
Valatie69108**78***
Dutchess Cities
Beacon710893*494**
Poughkeepsie2,2402,2911,915
Dutchess Towns
Amenia118200***200***
Beekman221299**182**
Clinton80140***79***
Dover269300**392**
East Fishkill355484*403*
Fishkill378475*768*
Hyde Park594538*592*
La Grange240191**277**
Milan5254***48***
North East108133**114***
Pawling150170**160**
Pine Plains8123***79***
Pleasant Valley273293**264**
Poughkeepsie1,1211,3151,149*
Red Hook306285*361*
Rhinebeck18988***129***
Stanford81133***88***
Union Vale4072***95***
Wappinger773868*677*
Washington100171***136***
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill3499**87***
Millbrook3065***59***
Millerton4435***24***
Pawling6768***59***
Red Hook7982***87**
Rhinebeck8662***78***
Tivoli3526***27***
Wappingers Falls317297***167***
Greene Towns
Ashland2017***7***
Athens128124***103***
Cairo279220**152***
Catskill589576*333**
Coxsackie251282**109**
Durham8347***144**
Greenville9073***75***
Halcott21***0***
Hunter82113***37***
Jewett2127***14***
Lexington1911***15***
New Baltimore8652***57***
Prattsville2527***7***
Windham5218***18***
Greene Villages
Athens7246***45***
Catskill326318**142***
Coxsackie143117***54***
Hunter1429***12***
Tannersville1936***25***
Orange Cities
Middletown1,4931,4851,269
Newburgh2,1862,0802,280
Port Jervis611484*332**
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove504461*231*
Chester247308**312**
Cornwall340404*405*
Crawford162234**236**
Deerpark252311**265**
Goshen255334**230**
Greenville72157***23***
Hamptonburgh5681***55***
Highlands264247**137***
Minisink96191***174**
Monroe463678*654*
Montgomery832890*1,131*
Mount Hope118181**191**
New Windsor699767*577*
Newburgh8491,047*911*
Tuxedo7473***84***
Wallkill9891,1081,048*
Warwick635967*479*
Wawayanda225203**297**
Woodbury222184***274**
Orange Villages
Chester119122***215***
Cornwall-on-Hudson84100***58***
Florida62103***64***
Goshen165150***157***
Greenwood Lake100150***0***
Harriman10464***134**
Highland Falls175202***77***
Kiryas Joel79172***60***
Maybrook122182**212**
Monroe174243**267**
Montgomery15997***187***
Otisville5543***55***
South Blooming Grove57***97***
Tuxedo Park177***13***
Unionville2719***52***
Walden357346**400**
Warwick198275**136***
Washingtonville220246**78**
Woodbury176***248**
Putnam Towns
Carmel570806*468*
Kent299287**350*
Patterson251219**338**
Philipstown158233**142**
Putnam Valley265300**276**
Southeast345585*446*
Putnam Villages
Brewster8194***100***
Cold Spring4540***39***
Nelsonville710***22***
Sullivan Towns
Bethel156145***134***
Callicoon87148***93***
Cochecton4852***40***
Delaware7251***63***
Fallsburg566647*644*
Forestburgh921***25***
Fremont3352***25***
Highland84151**122***
Liberty535459*472*
Lumberland5663***63***
Mamakating326400*417*
Neversink61154***73***
Rockland185149**164***
Thompson831745*875*
Tusten5154**49***
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg1833***3***
Jeffersonville913***8***
Liberty277306**270**
Monticello568406**524*
Woodridge6431***45***
Wurtsboro8269***67***
Ulster Cities
Kingston1,2921,1881,379
Ulster Towns
Denning415***8***
Esopus237231**292**
Gardiner178136***142***
Hardenburgh23***2***
Hurley189139***208***
Kingston3556***48**
Lloyd293679*263**
Marbletown152118***120***
Marlborough259326**350**
New Paltz379258*398*
Olive142133***129***
Plattekill420492*439*
Rochester271207***311***
Rosendale264210**234**
Saugerties691662*673*
Shandaken14165***4***
Shawangunk245345**289***
Ulster460495*499*
Wawarsing572588*583*
Woodstock206153**145***
Ulster Villages
Ellenville287243**217***
New Paltz9049***111***
Saugerties268132***135***

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%.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Maintaining
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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