LendingTree Study Finds The Places With the Most Single Dads
Single-father families are most prevalent in
Nevada(6.8%), Montana(6.3%), and Oklahoma(6.1%). These are the only places in the country where single fathers represent more than 6% of families where parents live with their children.
On the other hand, the states where single-father families are least prevalent are
Utah(3.6%), New Jersey(3.6%), Massachusetts(3.7%), and New York(3.9%). These are the only places in the country where single-father families account for less than 4% of families where parents live with their children.
While single fathers still outearn single mothers, they earn a third less than the average for all families where parents live with their children. The average income for single-father families is
$67,405— the average income for families where parents live with their parents is $101,536.
- Single fathers are typically more educated than cohabiting parents — only 12% of cohabiting fathers have at least a bachelor's degree, compared with 26% of single fathers.
Here are the top 10 states with the highest prevalence of single-father families:
New Mexico- 5.8%
Delaware- 5.7% - tied
South Dakota- 5.7% - tied
Wisconsin- 5.7% - tied
Maine- 5.6% - tied
North Dakota- 5.6% - tied
Arizona- 5.5% - tied
Kentucky- 5.5% - tied
Vermont- 5.5% - tied
LendingTree's Chief Credit Analyst,
"Being a single parent is a monumental task for anyone. While single fathers tend to earn more than single mothers and are even more likely to have a college degree than men living in two-parent households, their job of raising a kid by themselves is anything but easy."
For single fathers looking to expand their financial freedom, Schulz offers the following advice:
- Creating and sticking to a budget offers the ability to make choices and prioritize what matters, Schulz says. With clearly defined limitations and areas of flexibility, a budget makes it easier to prioritize expenses, plan for the future and pay off existing debt.
- Be thoughtful about your future expenses.. "Don't hesitate to trim some expenses to free up money to fund your priorities," Schulz says. "Get creative with ways to bring in a little more income."
- Take action, no matter how small. "Life is the most stressful when things feel out of our control," Schulz says. "Taking steps to improve your situation, even small ones, can be empowering and motivating, and that feeling can keep you moving forward even on the most challenging days.
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LendingTree researchers analyzed microdata from the
For this study, single parents are people living with their minor children who are neither married nor living with unmarried partners. Married and unmarried partners include same-sex couples.
"Own children" include biological, adopted and stepchildren who are younger than 18 and unmarried. This study doesn't include households and institutions where children live without at least one parent.
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