Demographics
Single-Parent Families by Gender, 2013-17


Single-Parent Families by Gender, 2013-17

What does this measure?

The percentage of single-parent families with children, as a percent of all families with children under 18, and broken down by the sex of the parent.

Why is this important?

Children in single-parent families are far more likely to grow up in low-income households than those living with two parents. They are at greater risk of low academic performance and behavioral problems and may experience parental conflict and residential instability as well.

How is our county doing?

In Essex County, 35% of all families were headed by single parents, including 27% headed by a female and 8% headed by a male in 2013-17. These proportions increased slightly since 2000. In raw numbers, Essex saw an increase of about 5,300 single parents during this period. In 2013-17, the number of female-headed single-parent families, 24,900, was about three and a half times as high as the number of male-headed single-parent families, 7,100. The County's rates were similar to the nation.

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2013-17, there were smaller shares of single-parent families in Middlesex, MA (23%), Lake, IL (25%) and Westchester, NY (28%) than in Essex. In particular, there were smaller percentages of single-parent families headed by women in all three comparison counties (between 18% and 21%).

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 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 released annually in December.

Single-Parent Families by Gender, 2013-17
FemaleMale
Essex County, MA27%8%
Amesbury23%**6%******
Beverly23%**1%******
Gloucester20%**9%****
Haverhill31%12%**
Lawrence54%10%**
Lynn37%12%**
Methuen28%7%**
Newburyport19%****10%******
Peabody25%8%****
Salem38%8%****
Andover12%**6%****
Boxford12%******1%******
Danvers24%**4%******
Essex9%******8%******
Georgetown10%******5%******
Groveland7%******5%******
Hamilton11%****2%******
Ipswich20%**5%******
Lynnfield7%******2%******
Manchester14%******14%******
Marblehead10%****4%******
Merrimac12%******4%******
Middleton16%******5%******
Nahant31%******4%******
Newbury22%******2%******
North Andover16%**7%****
Rockport22%****7%******
Rowley9%******1%******
Salisbury15%******13%******
Saugus23%**11%****
Swampscott16%****4%******
Topsfield7%******2%******
Wenham9%******1%******
West Newbury7%******4%******
Middlesex County, MA18%5%
Lake County, IL19%6%
Westchester County, NY21%7%
Massachusetts26%7%

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 by Gender, 2013-17
FemaleMale
Essex County, MA24,9227,070
Amesbury527**130******
Beverly882**56******
Gloucester577**250****
Haverhill2,509934**
Lawrence5,7501,045**
Lynn4,4561,440**
Methuen1,756413**
Newburyport365****189******
Peabody1,309402****
Salem1,653362****
Andover575**279****
Boxford112******13******
Danvers735**113******
Essex42******36******
Georgetown122******63******
Groveland50******41******
Hamilton130****19******
Ipswich313**79******
Lynnfield111******32******
Manchester85******88******
Marblehead274****116******
Merrimac91******32******
Middleton159******44******
Nahant95******13******
Newbury173******12******
North Andover653**284****
Rockport151****48******
Rowley67******8******
Salisbury124******108******
Saugus647**310****
Swampscott281****63******
Topsfield61******19******
Wenham44******6******
West Newbury43******23******
Middlesex County, MA32,5379,507
Lake County, IL17,1595,827
Westchester County, NY23,9667,996
Massachusetts194,10352,235

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%.




Single-Parent Families by Gender, 2000
FemaleMale
Essex County, MA22%5%
Beverly17%6%
Gloucester22%6%
Haverhill26%6%
Lawrence44%9%
Lynn33%8%
Methuen19%5%
Newburyport21%4%
Peabody16%4%
Salem30%5%
Andover10%3%
Boxford5%2%
Danvers17%4%
Essex6%10%
Georgetown8%4%
Groveland13%3%
Hamilton8%2%
Ipswich17%3%
Lynnfield9%2%
Manchester16%3%
Marblehead16%2%
Merrimac15%3%
Middleton7%4%
Nahant13%2%
Newbury14%4%
North Andover11%3%
Rockport15%3%
Rowley12%2%
Salisbury23%5%
Saugus15%4%
Swampscott16%2%
Topsfield5%0%
Wenham8%0%
West Newbury9%1%
Middlesex County, MA16%4%
Lake County, IL14%4%
Westchester County, NY19%4%
Massachusetts22%5%

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 by Gender, 2000
FemaleMale
Essex County, MA21,6155,056
Beverly801269
Gloucester842237
Haverhill2,176520
Lawrence4,9341,060
Lynn4,013993
Methuen1,112285
Newburyport43476
Peabody935261
Salem1,349237
Andover468118
Boxford6431
Danvers523120
Essex2642
Georgetown9341
Groveland12332
Hamilton9321
Ipswich27443
Lynnfield13529
Manchester10720
Marblehead45962
Merrimac13630
Middleton6443
Nahant519
Newbury13537
North Andover424108
Rockport13325
Rowley9712
Salisbury23756
Saugus460106
Swampscott31950
Topsfield410
Wenham431
West Newbury595
Middlesex County, MA29,3177,372
Lake County, IL13,4204,343
Westchester County, NY24,2085,229
Massachusetts178,53742,044

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%.




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