America sex chart
In the high-income third of the population, children are raised by married parents with a college education; in the bottom-income third, children are raised by single parents with a high school degree or less.
The rise in out-of-wedlock childbearing and the increase in single parenthood are major causes of high levels of child poverty. in 2009, single parents were nearly six times more likely to be poor than were married couples.
In 2008, 1.72 million children were born outside of marriage in the United States. Most of these births occurred to women who will have the hardest time going it alone as parents: young adult women with a high school degree or less.
As Chart 5 shows, nearly two-thirds of births to women who were high school dropouts occurred outside of marriage.
Since marital decline drives up child poverty and welfare dependence, and since the poor aspire to healthy marriage but lack the norms, understanding, and skills to achieve it, it is reasonable for government to take active steps to strengthen marriage.Since the early 1960s, single-parent families have roughly tripled as a share of all families with children. Not surprisingly, single-parent families make up the overwhelming majority of all poor families with children in the U. Overall, single-parent families comprise one-third of all families with children, but as Chart 6 shows, 71 percent of poor families with children are headed by single parents.By contrast, 73 percent of all non-poor families with children are headed by married couples. The poverty rate among married couples is dramatically lower than the poverty rate among single-headed households, even when the married couple is compared to single parents with the same level of education.Among women who had only a high school degree, well over half of all births were out of wedlock.
By contrast, among women with at least a college degree, only 8 percent of births were out of wedlock, and 92 percent of births occurred to married couples. The U. is steadily separating into a two-caste system with marriage and education as the dividing line.
Just as government discourages youth from dropping out of school, it should provide information that will help people to form and maintain healthy marriages and delay childbearing until they are married and economically stable.