Health Indicator Report of Utah Population Characteristics: Household Structure
The number of parents living with a child helps to determine the human and economic resources available to that child. Children who live with one parent are more likely to live in poverty than are children who grow up in households with two adults. Single parents also face specific challenges including lack of leisure time, increased need for child care, and stressed financial resources.
Percentage of Households With Children Under 18 That Were Headed by a Single Female (No Husband Present) by County, Utah, 2011-2015 ACS
NotesThe confidence intervals are 90%.
- U.S. Bureau of the Census
- American Community Survey
DefinitionPercentage of households by family type and presence of children.
NumeratorNumber of households in each family type and presence of children group.
DenominatorTotal number of households.
How Are We Doing?Non-family households (either a householder living alone or with other, unrelated, persons) constituted less than a quarter (24.8%) of Utah households in the 2010 decennial census. The 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) estimate is 25.5%. In 2010 the proportion of single householders with children in Utah was 7.8%, the 2015 ACS estimate is 7.3%. The likelihood that a household was headed by a single female with children increased slightly from 2010 to 2015; this may be due in part to a small decline in the proportion of single male householders with children.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?In 2000, 63.2% of Utah households included a married couple, either with or without children, the 2015 ACS now estimates this proportion to be 60.7%. In 2000, the U.S. estimate was 51.7%; by 2015 this had fallen to 48.0%. When we examine married couple households in Utah we see that in 2000, 55.4% of these households had children under 18.^1^ By 2015 this percentage had fallen to 49.3%.^2^ The estimate for this type of household in the U.S. was 45.5% in 2000,^1^ and has since fallen to 39.2%^2^ according to the 2000 Census SF-1 and 2015 ACS table CP-02 1-year estimates.[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. calculated by dividing percentage of married couple households with children (35.0% for Utah; 23.5% for U.S.) into the percentage of total married couple households (63.2% for Utah; 51.7% for U.S.) for 2000.[[br]] 2. calculated by dividing percentage of married couple households with children (29.9% for Utah; 18.8% for U.S.) into the percentage of total married couple households (60.7% for Utah; 48.0% for U.S.) for 2015.
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