Children And Youth
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17

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Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17

What does this measure?

The proportion of single-parent families with children under 18 in various racial and ethnic groups.

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. Racial and ethnic disparities in rates of single parenthood have several possible causes, including current and historic policies that have placed particular strain on African American families, as well as broader changes in social attitudes about gender roles, marriage and single parenthood.

How is the region performing?

In 2013-17, 59% of African American families in the region were single-parent families, by far the highest rate of any racial or ethnic group, and unchanged since 2000. By comparison, single parents headed 37% of Hispanic families and 30% of white families, both up 3% since 2000. Rates for all racial and ethnic groups in the region were lower than the state (excluding New York City) and nation.

The percentage of single-parent African American families was higher than the region as a whole in Dutchess County (63%) and lower in Orange (53%). Columbia had the highest rate by far for white families, at 42%, while Putnam had the lowest, at 22%. The populations in most other local areas, when broken down by race and ethnicity, 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 by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region12%**59%37%30%
Columbia County15%***73%*80%*42%
Dutchess County7%***63%32%*29%
Greene County23%***42%***12%***33%
Orange County13%***53%38%26%
Putnam County67%**41%*22%
Sullivan County19%***42%**49%*35%
Ulster County35%***66%*35%*39%
NYS (excluding NYC)16%64%43%33%
U.S.20%66%41%33%
Columbia Cities
Hudson24%***87%**100%***68%**
Columbia Towns
Ancram100%***26%***
Austerlitz13%***
Canaan100%***47%**
Chatham7%***
Claverack100%***50%**
Clermont29%**
Copake19%***
Gallatin29%***
Germantown21%***
Ghent67%***44%**
Greenport57%**
Hillsdale34%***
Kinderhook100%***38%*
Livingston100%***65%**
New Lebanon100%***38%***
Stockport49%**
Stuyvesant49%**
Taghkanic47%***
Columbia Villages
Chatham42%***
Kinderhook43%***
Philmont100%***65%***
Valatie100%***40%**
Dutchess Cities
Beacon100%***71%**33%***32%**
Poughkeepsie64%*44%**64%*
Dutchess Towns
Amenia100%***100%***48%**
Beekman34%***13%**
Clinton22%***
Dover48%***43%*
East Fishkill13%***16%***18%*
Fishkill7%***66%***58%***39%*
Hyde Park100%***25%***27%*
La Grange11%***23%***22%*
Milan21%***
North East38%***22%***44%***
Pawling77%***21%***31%*
Pine Plains22%***
Pleasant Valley18%***6%***33%**
Poughkeepsie9%***64%*15%***25%*
Red Hook100%***37%*
Rhinebeck11%***20%**
Stanford11%***19%***
Union Vale77%***15%***
Wappinger9%***63%**30%***30%*
Washington57%***30%**
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill54%***23%***65%**
Millbrook66%**
Millerton38%***53%***37%***
Pawling100%***42%***56%***
Red Hook100%***50%**
Rhinebeck24%***
Tivoli51%***
Wappingers Falls28%***43%***44%***
Greene Towns
Ashland18%***
Athens51%**
Cairo43%***29%**
Catskill54%***31%***41%*
Coxsackie100%***5%***25%**
Durham35%**
Greenville17%***
Hunter41%***
Jewett17%***
Lexington49%***
New Baltimore22%***
Prattsville23%***
Windham38%***
Greene Villages
Athens53%**
Catskill54%***70%**
Coxsackie100%***35%***
Hunter100%***
Tannersville44%***
Orange Cities
Middletown58%**33%*35%*
Newburgh35%***71%*49%42%*
Port Jervis23%***25%***30%**
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove40%***23%**13%*
Chester82%**50%**15%***
Cornwall30%***42%*
Crawford65%***29%**
Deerpark82%***37%**
Goshen14%***19%*
Greenville18%***
Hamptonburgh6%***
Highlands78%***59%***8%***9%***
Minisink65%***22%***32%**
Monroe21%***28%***31%**10%*
Montgomery79%**50%**39%*
Mount Hope48%***12%***38%*
New Windsor12%***42%**36%**27%*
Newburgh58%**46%**32%*
Tuxedo68%***58%***29%***
Wallkill48%**36%**41%*
Warwick23%***15%***23%*
Wawayanda73%***50%***31%**
Woodbury12%***32%***19%*
Orange Villages
Chester100%***54%***22%***
Cornwall-on-Hudson25%**
Florida27%***13%***
Goshen19%***36%**
Greenwood Lake18%***
Harriman48%***43%***16%***
Highland Falls66%***24%***
Kiryas Joel1%***
Maybrook90%***83%***47%**
Monroe20%***8%***43%**34%**
Montgomery76%***44%***37%**
Otisville100%***57%***42%***
South Blooming Grove59%***51%***19%***
Tuxedo Park34%***
Unionville57%***44%***
Walden80%***43%***44%**
Warwick38%**
Washingtonville37%***23%***27%**
Woodbury16%***24%***18%**
Putnam Towns
Carmel41%***15%*
Kent55%***14%***24%**
Patterson44%***53%***27%**
Philipstown44%***45%***20%*
Putnam Valley75%***44%***27%**
Southeast94%***47%**25%*
Putnam Villages
Brewster73%***43%***6%***
Cold Spring22%***
Nelsonville52%***26%***
Ulster Cities
Kingston54%***68%**39%**53%*
Ulster Towns
Denning9%***
Esopus32%***38%**
Gardiner13%***
Hardenburgh26%***
Hurley33%***
Kingston100%***43%**
Lloyd100%***48%***36%**
Marbletown13%***
Marlborough46%*
New Paltz70%***41%*
Olive5%***
Plattekill65%***58%***51%*
Rochester60%**
Rosendale94%***47%**
Saugerties87%***9%***38%*
Shandaken3%***
Shawangunk20%***28%**
Ulster42%***16%***46%*
Wawarsing89%***30%***46%**
Woodstock100%***24%***
Ulster Villages
Ellenville89%***32%***
New Paltz63%***35%***
Saugerties51%**

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region393**6,9097,52429,575
Columbia County18***236*308*2,621
Dutchess County91***2,6651,298*7,827
Greene County14***32***23***1,255
Orange County137***2,9324,4589,008
Putnam County310**747*2,268
Sullivan County24***242**552*2,286
Ulster County133***734*690*6,596
NYS (excluding NYC)9,16587,69171,073341,924
U.S.452,3193,575,7763,156,7539,375,772
Columbia Cities
Hudson18***210**153***409**
Columbia Towns
Ancram4***22***
Austerlitz15***
Canaan8***73**
Chatham24***
Claverack10***305**
Clermont72**
Copake64***
Gallatin42***
Germantown43***
Ghent12***211**
Greenport173**
Hillsdale51***
Kinderhook11***396*
Livingston122***309**
New Lebanon14***67***
Stockport149**
Stuyvesant158**
Taghkanic38***
Columbia Villages
Chatham48***
Kinderhook75***
Philmont10***79***
Valatie11***65**
Dutchess Cities
Beacon6***274**106***298**
Poughkeepsie1,013*279**1,025*
Dutchess Towns
Amenia16***8***238**
Beekman14***194**
Clinton115***
Dover138***459*
East Fishkill12***35***624*
Fishkill20***289***303***651*
Hyde Park149***34***493*
La Grange12***14***445*
Milan56***
North East6***9***130***
Pawling34***29***290*
Pine Plains62***
Pleasant Valley12***6***330**
Poughkeepsie26***701*92***810*
Red Hook12***463*
Rhinebeck4***144**
Stanford4***65***
Union Vale34***65***
Wappinger21***139**175***755*
Washington28***115**
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill38***8***147**
Millbrook95**
Millerton6***9***19***
Pawling34***14***131***
Red Hook12***112**
Rhinebeck42***
Tivoli39***
Wappingers Falls11***100***148***
Greene Towns
Ashland9***
Athens200**
Cairo18***138**
Catskill14***20***386*
Coxsackie12***5***171**
Durham85**
Greenville62***
Hunter75***
Jewett8***
Lexington29***
New Baltimore55***
Prattsville7***
Windham30***
Greene Villages
Athens70**
Catskill20***226**
Coxsackie12***96***
Hunter25***
Tannersville50***
Orange Cities
Middletown366**594*466*
Newburgh16***560*1,184498*
Port Jervis18***32***167**
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove87***127**218*
Chester294**248**158***
Cornwall60***724*
Crawford106***304**
Deerpark67***294**
Goshen30***243*
Greenville98***
Hamptonburgh32***
Highlands32***74***9***91***
Minisink45***17***196**
Monroe47***88***221**521*
Montgomery331**411**1,071*
Mount Hope19***12***196*
New Windsor12***221**344**627*
Newburgh338**389**900*
Tuxedo32***54***110***
Wallkill361**375**901*
Warwick52***78***691*
Wawayanda30***30***264**
Woodbury16***100***238*
Orange Villages
Chester176***168***78***
Cornwall-on-Hudson96**
Florida6***33***
Goshen30***200**
Greenwood Lake37***
Harriman76***84***30***
Highland Falls58***74***
Kiryas Joel20***
Maybrook119***97***114**
Monroe19***12***179**257**
Montgomery44***54***204**
Otisville4***12***58***
South Blooming Grove51***61***44***
Tuxedo Park24***
Unionville17***30***
Walden76***70***396**
Warwick268**
Washingtonville36***66***135**
Woodbury16***58***218**
Putnam Towns
Carmel224***563*
Kent82***37***300**
Patterson24***175***352**
Philipstown14***32***204*
Putnam Valley44***57***353**
Southeast146***222**496*
Putnam Villages
Brewster24***97***8***
Cold Spring42***
Nelsonville12***34***
Ulster Cities
Kingston59***376**190**1,027*
Ulster Towns
Denning4***
Esopus35***269**
Gardiner81***
Hardenburgh6***
Hurley166***
Kingston3***44**
Lloyd110***140***436**
Marbletown72***
Marlborough516*
New Paltz66***528*
Olive18***
Plattekill102***109***515*
Rochester418**
Rosendale45***287**
Saugerties90***24***769*
Shandaken4***
Shawangunk20***366**
Ulster44***10***473*
Wawarsing56***48***504**
Woodstock30***93***
Ulster Villages
Ellenville56***110***
New Paltz10***101***
Saugerties226**

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity, 2000
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region14%59%33%27%
Columbia County8%64%45%31%
Dutchess County10%64%29%25%
Greene County34%93%25%32%
Orange County14%53%34%26%
Putnam County20%23%15%20%
Sullivan County59%51%34%
Ulster County19%60%44%32%
NYS (excluding NYC)13%62%37%28%
U.S.15%59%32%23%
Columbia Cities
Hudson9%67%61%57%
Columbia Towns
Ancram23%
Austerlitz19%
Canaan25%
Chatham61%24%
Claverack18%30%
Clermont100%37%
Copake30%33%
Gallatin100%25%22%
Germantown26%
Ghent100%100%32%
Greenport44%62%31%
Hillsdale29%37%
Kinderhook52%27%
Livingston27%
New Lebanon37%
Stockport100%35%
Stuyvesant100%27%
Taghkanic75%38%
Columbia Villages
Chatham10%100%35%
Kinderhook100%30%
Philmont43%41%
Valatie35%41%
Dutchess Cities
Beacon31%56%41%34%
Poughkeepsie25%76%51%47%
Dutchess Towns
Amenia34%
Beekman70%10%15%
Clinton100%86%18%
Dover35%25%
East Fishkill10%12%12%
Fishkill4%65%19%23%
Hyde Park56%13%27%
La Grange17%
Milan19%
North East100%28%
Pawling22%22%
Pine Plains25%
Pleasant Valley66%70%28%
Poughkeepsie19%51%14%28%
Red Hook70%40%27%
Rhinebeck74%32%
Stanford27%
Union Vale8%
Wappinger5%55%37%27%
Washington24%28%
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill25%
Millbrook29%
Millerton100%43%
Pawling21%31%
Red Hook100%38%
Rhinebeck42%
Tivoli100%32%
Wappingers Falls47%59%48%56%
Greene Towns
Ashland21%
Athens44%36%
Cairo29%39%
Catskill43%95%28%36%
Coxsackie80%32%33%
Durham27%
Greenville100%18%
Hunter35%
Jewett14%
Lexington30%
New Baltimore24%
Prattsville36%
Windham50%30%
Greene Villages
Athens67%42%
Catskill100%95%52%
Coxsackie73%41%
Hunter31%
Tannersville45%
Orange Cities
Middletown65%42%43%
Newburgh65%40%45%
Port Jervis45%67%24%48%
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove66%13%23%
Chester25%22%28%16%
Cornwall26%19%23%
Crawford54%16%
Deerpark100%68%26%
Goshen14%10%17%23%
Greenville50%28%14%
Hamptonburgh20%23%8%
Highlands33%34%27%20%
Minisink62%62%21%
Monroe27%22%13%
Montgomery14%39%26%33%
Mount Hope25%15%24%
New Windsor45%36%27%
Newburgh8%45%28%31%
Tuxedo23%46%80%22%
Wallkill19%52%46%32%
Warwick38%16%16%19%
Wawayanda71%20%28%
Woodbury27%22%8%23%
Orange Villages
Chester25%45%29%
Cornwall-on-Hudson21%28%
Florida36%16%23%
Goshen77%35%
Greenwood Lake36%33%
Harriman60%53%42%
Highland Falls42%53%41%43%
Kiryas Joel5%
Maybrook50%45%14%22%
Monroe32%23%21%
Montgomery19%37%38%
Otisville100%43%50%
Tuxedo Park48%23%
Unionville100%48%
Walden60%35%46%
Warwick100%34%29%
Washingtonville60%30%28%
Putnam Towns
Carmel15%23%13%18%
Kent42%20%22%
Patterson8%21%
Philipstown14%17%
Putnam Valley60%13%23%
Southeast48%39%20%20%
Putnam Villages
Brewster83%64%43%42%
Cold Spring21%
Nelsonville10%
Ulster Cities
Kingston72%59%44%
Ulster Towns
Denning9%
Esopus36%29%
Gardiner33%28%27%
Hardenburgh12%
Hurley65%34%30%
Kingston38%
Lloyd31%38%45%28%
Marbletown65%100%20%
Marlborough30%52%29%
New Paltz24%42%44%39%
Olive67%35%
Plattekill50%28%33%
Rochester58%48%27%
Rosendale71%32%
Saugerties65%29%
Shandaken44%
Shawangunk70%37%19%
Ulster59%38%
Wawarsing79%61%50%33%
Woodstock31%59%33%
Ulster Villages
Ellenville56%34%45%
New Paltz73%47%
Saugerties50%

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity, 2000
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region3355,9913,74333,261
Columbia County6200932,443
Dutchess County1092,5847168,177
Greene County10150441,857
Orange County1192,2672,18011,125
Putnam County47311192,714
Sullivan County4644802,820
Ulster County447595916,945
NYS (excluding NYC)4,83690,03038,458354,165
U.S.212,8153,241,0351,722,0116,318,036
Columbia Cities
Hudson615743286
Columbia Towns
Ancram44
Austerlitz30
Canaan42
Chatham14120
Claverack6263
Clermont694
Copake6122
Gallatin3344
Germantown66
Ghent17240
Greenport78141
Hillsdale282
Kinderhook12333
Livingston114
New Lebanon125
Stockport8151
Stuyvesant495
Taghkanic651
Columbia Villages
Chatham1781
Kinderhook651
Philmont685
Valatie6106
Dutchess Cities
Beacon19236161406
Poughkeepsie81,552257783
Dutchess Towns
Amenia197
Beekman3814267
Clinton1012102
Dover12310
East Fishkill1015485
Fishkill410236437
Hyde Park968749
La Grange372
Milan68
North East2095
Pawling17225
Pine Plains87
Pleasant Valley2130397
Poughkeepsie59281451,307
Red Hook1418381
Rhinebeck14281
Stanford135
Union Vale49
Wappinger9172115884
Washington4160
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill37
Millbrook48
Millerton253
Pawling789
Red Hook12100
Rhinebeck134
Tivoli247
Wappingers Falls93059359
Greene Towns
Ashland20
Athens4203
Cairo13356
Catskill1011818511
Coxsackie207277
Durham91
Greenville1269
Hunter78
Jewett16
Lexington28
New Baltimore110
Prattsville34
Windham264
Greene Villages
Athens496
Catskill10118249
Coxsackie8176
Hunter12
Tannersville17
Orange Cities
Middletown3884181,006
Newburgh888659716
Port Jervis105021569
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove5832614
Chester16833268
Cornwall616441
Crawford20189
Deerpark819276
Goshen10622338
Greenville4881
Hamptonburgh51051
Highlands115246247
Minisink1632121
Monroe2566606
Montgomery67269998
Mount Hope46167
New Windsor169175789
Newburgh101441521,129
Tuxedo1061684
Wallkill16282279985
Warwick162456825
Wawayanda4611272
Woodbury14614353
Orange Villages
Chester821120
Cornwall-on-Hudson4126
Florida8676
Goshen10247
Greenwood Lake16177
Harriman616147
Highland Falls112122166
Kiryas Joel88
Maybrook633891
Monroe1836236
Montgomery1111208
Otisville4692
Tuxedo Park1018
Unionville1645
Walden2850449
Warwick1616262
Washingtonville2617262
Putnam Towns
Carmel15630831
Kent1129431
Patterson8357
Philipstown10203
Putnam Valley68385
Southeast261434507
Putnam Villages
Brewster10143480
Cold Spring49
Nelsonville7
Ulster Cities
Kingston4261061,063
Ulster Towns
Denning4
Esopus5306
Gardiner89211
Hardenburgh2
Hurley2422276
Kingston43
Lloyd102424352
Marbletown3220144
Marlborough827349
New Paltz83254491
Olive16248
Plattekill5159424
Rochester1426274
Rosendale12262
Saugerties11749
Shandaken187
Shawangunk3815286
Ulster35610
Wawarsing2675141435
Woodstock432229
Ulster Villages
Ellenville4555185
New Paltz8114
Saugerties290

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




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 Increasing
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 Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
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 Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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