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Children living with neither parent in United States

Children living with neither parent

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Definition and Source



Children under age 18 who do not live with a parent. Children are considered not living with a parent if the householder does not identify them as a biological, adopted or stepchild or as a child in a subfamily as determined by the Census Bureau. Children are also considered not living with a parent if they are themselves the householder or the spouse/partner of the householder, or a roommate or other nonrelative of the householder. Children living in group quarters are categorized as not living with a parent.

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census Supplementary Survey & American Community Survey.


S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.

N.A. - Data not available.

Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts. Cities for which data are collected may change over time.

A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at

Children living with neither parent.

Last Updated

January 2024