• 1.2.1 Percent of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age
  • 1.2.2 Proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 1.2.2 Proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

    FAMILY POVERTY AND SINGLE MOTHER-LED HOUSEHOLDS

    In DC, Maryland, and Virginia, single-parent households are more likely to live below the poverty line. Single mothers are disproportionately impacted by poverty, in part due to typically being younger and less likely to hold a college degree, thereby influencing their access to high-wage jobs. As of 2017, the national share of unmarried parents who are single mothers is 53% — a significant decrease in recent decades. Nationally, 30% of solo mothers are living in poverty — that compares to 39.4% in DC, 21.7% in Maryland’s ten most populous counties and 21.5% in Virginia’s ten most populous counties. Across all three regions, the share of single mother households in poverty far surpasses the overall percentage of families living in poverty, by nearly double in some instances.