While hundreds of thousands of single parents do an outstanding job of raising their children, the advantages of two parents in the household can not be understated. These advantages can include better supervision, and more time helping with homework, reading to small children, preparation of healthy meals, and participating in other social activities with children. Not to be forgotten is that two-parent families tend to have significantly higher incomes than single-parent families.
New data from the United States Census Bureau shows that a significant majority of all children under the age of 18 in the United States live in the same household as both of their parents. Nearly 70 percent of children live in the same household as both of their parents.
However, there are major racial differences in the statistics. The statistics show that 74.3 percent of all White children below the age of 18 live with both parents. This is true for only 38.7 percent of African American families.
More than one third of all Black children in the United States under the age of 18 live with mothers who have never been married. This is true for only 6.5 percent of White children.