How Does Michigan Rank When It Comes to States With The Most Single-Parent Households?

Stacker's rankings reveal the states with the highest percentage of single-parent households

The COVID-19 pandemic came with serious consequences for all families in the U.S., what with the transition of classrooms into the home, the constant threat of serious illness, and the loss of work for many parents. The pandemic was particularly debilitating for single-parent households—especially those headed by women, who still bear the brunt of domestic work.

Single-parent households already dealt with disproportionately high economic precarity compared to dual-parent households and other family structures prior to the pandemic. Between frequently relying on a single income, the expense of childcare, and a lack of robust resources available to help and protect single parents, these households experienced higher levels of economic insecurity than others. However, the onset of the pandemic widened existing disparities partially because of the concentrated effects of school and childcare closures.

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As of 2019, the U.S. had the highest percentage of single-parent households in the world, with millions of solo guardians struggling to make ends meet on one income while performing all the labor of parenting day in and day out. Single parents are often faced with difficult or even impossible choices: whether to pay rent or buy food and whether to go to work or take care of a child.

The problem is even worse for single parents working low wage jobs, 93% of whom had no access to paid family and medical leave as of 2018. (As of 2022, 60% of the lowest 10% of all wage workers cannot earn paid sick days, compared to just 4% of the highest 10% of earners.)

To determine the states with the most single-parent households, Stacker used data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 2021 five-year estimates. The survey data was collected in 2021 and released in 2022.

All 50 states and Washington D.C. are ranked here according to the share of households that have single parents, classified as either “Male householder, no wife present, children of the householder under 18 years” or “Female householder, no husband present, children of the householder under 18 years.” Census categories currently fail to capture the full scope of potential LGBTQ+ family relationships and identities. Along with each state, information about the breakdown of single parents, as well as the total number of married couples with kids, is provided.

Continue reading to find out more about the states with the most single-parent households.

51. Hawaii

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  • Single-parent households: 21,714 (4.6% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 16,032 (3.4% of all households, #50 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 5,682 (1.2% of all households, #37 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 87,916 (18.4% of all households, #22 highest)

50. New Hampshire

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  • Single-parent households: 24,778 (4.6% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 18,668 (3.5% of all households, #48 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 6,110 (1.1% of all households, #47 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 95,517 (17.7% of all households, #29 highest)

49. Maine

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  • Single-parent households: 26,257 (4.6% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 19,541 (3.4% of all households, #49 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 6,716 (1.2% of all households, #36 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 87,942 (15.4% of all households, #46 highest)

48. Montana

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  • Single-parent households: 21,507 (4.9% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 14,998 (3.4% of all households, #51 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 6,509 (1.5% of all households, #9 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 73,572 (16.9% of all households, #37 highest)

47. Vermont

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  • Single-parent households: 13,130 (5.0% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 10,028 (3.8% of all households, #45 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 3,102 (1.2% of all households, #39 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 39,575 (15.1% of all households, #49 highest)

46. West Virginia

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  • Single-parent households: 35,764 (5.0% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 27,905 (3.9% of all households, #42 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 7,859 (1.1% of all households, #46 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 108,466 (15.2% of all households, #48 highest)

45. Utah

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  • Single-parent households: 53,042 (5.1% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 39,305 (3.8% of all households, #43 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 13,737 (1.3% of all households, #28 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 303,732 (29.4% of all households, #1 highest)

44. Wyoming

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  • Single-parent households: 11,959 (5.2% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 8,701 (3.8% of all households, #46 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 3,258 (1.4% of all households, #18 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 45,198 (19.6% of all households, #13 highest)

43. North Dakota

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  • Single-parent households: 16,444 (5.2% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 12,014 (3.8% of all households, #44 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 4,430 (1.4% of all households, #17 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 59,443 (18.8% of all households, #18 highest)

42. Idaho

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  • Single-parent households: 33,920 (5.2% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 24,389 (3.7% of all households, #47 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 9,531 (1.5% of all households, #8 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 146,016 (22.2% of all households, #3 highest)

41. Washington

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  • Single-parent households: 151,954 (5.2% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 114,897 (3.9% of all households, #41 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 37,057 (1.3% of all households, #22 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 584,510 (19.9% of all households, #11 highest)

40. Oregon

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  • Single-parent households: 87,455 (5.3% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 66,173 (4.0% of all households, #40 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 21,282 (1.3% of all households, #26 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 295,138 (17.8% of all households, #27 highest)

39. Minnesota

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  • Single-parent households: 121,366 (5.4% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 91,530 (4.1% of all households, #38 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 29,836 (1.3% of all households, #24 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 444,643 (19.9% of all households, #12 highest)

38. Colorado

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  • Single-parent households: 122,139 (5.5% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 88,089 (4.0% of all households, #39 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 34,050 (1.5% of all households, #6 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 448,753 (20.1% of all households, #8 highest)

37. South Dakota

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  • Single-parent households: 19,285 (5.6% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 14,734 (4.3% of all households, #36 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 4,551 (1.3% of all households, #30 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 65,896 (19.1% of all households, #15 highest)

36. Iowa

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  • Single-parent households: 73,488 (5.8% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 56,065 (4.4% of all households, #35 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 17,423 (1.4% of all households, #14 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 241,826 (19.0% of all households, #16 highest)

35. Nebraska

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  • Single-parent households: 45,353 (5.9% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 34,394 (4.5% of all households, #33 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 10,959 (1.4% of all households, #16 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 157,032 (20.5% of all households, #7 highest)

34. Kansas

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  • Single-parent households: 67,703 (5.9% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 51,845 (4.5% of all households, #32 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 15,858 (1.4% of all households, #15 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 227,443 (20.0% of all households, #9 highest)

33. Wisconsin

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  • Single-parent households: 142,024 (5.9% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 106,536 (4.4% of all households, #34 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 35,488 (1.5% of all households, #5 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 413,088 (17.2% of all households, #33 highest)

32. Massachusetts

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  • Single-parent households: 159,427 (5.9% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 133,036 (4.9% of all households, #27 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 26,391 (1.0% of all households, #50 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 497,049 (18.3% of all households, #23 highest)

31. New Jersey

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  • Single-parent households: 201,547 (5.9% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 167,644 (4.9% of all households, #25 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 33,903 (1.0% of all households, #49 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 722,047 (21.3% of all households, #5 highest)

30. Alaska

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  • Single-parent households: 15,493 (6.0% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 11,077 (4.3% of all households, #37 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 4,416 (1.7% of all households, #2 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 55,806 (21.4% of all households, #4 highest)

29. Pennsylvania

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  • Single-parent households: 309,013 (6.0% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 246,207 (4.8% of all households, #30 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 62,806 (1.2% of all households, #31 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 865,873 (16.8% of all households, #38 highest)

28. California

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  • Single-parent households: 786,909 (6.0% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 614,747 (4.7% of all households, #31 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 172,162 (1.3% of all households, #19 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 2,780,272 (21.0% of all households, #6 highest)

27. Virginia

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  • Single-parent households: 198,491 (6.1% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 160,205 (4.9% of all households, #26 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 38,286 (1.2% of all households, #34 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 647,650 (19.9% of all households, #10 highest)

26. Florida

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  • Single-parent households: 498,573 (6.1% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 404,882 (5.0% of all households, #23 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 93,691 (1.1% of all households, #40 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 1,246,178 (15.3% of all households, #47 highest)

25. Michigan

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  • Single-parent households: 246,353 (6.2% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 194,529 (4.9% of all households, #24 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 51,824 (1.3% of all households, #21 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 674,104 (17.0% of all households, #35 highest)

24. Illinois

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  • Single-parent households: 307,888 (6.2% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 253,375 (5.1% of all households, #21 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 54,513 (1.1% of all households, #41 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 914,650 (18.6% of all households, #20 highest)

23. Missouri

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  • Single-parent households: 152,502 (6.3% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 119,199 (4.9% of all households, #29 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 33,303 (1.4% of all households, #12 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 428,858 (17.6% of all households, #31 highest)

22. New York

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  • Single-parent households: 472,953 (6.3% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 396,893 (5.3% of all households, #17 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 76,060 (1.0% of all households, #48 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 1,287,324 (17.1% of all households, #34 highest)

21. Connecticut

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  • Single-parent households: 90,503 (6.4% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 74,605 (5.3% of all households, #18 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 15,898 (1.1% of all households, #44 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 256,971 (18.4% of all households, #21 highest)

20. Arizona

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  • Single-parent households: 170,878 (6.4% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 131,613 (4.9% of all households, #28 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 39,265 (1.5% of all households, #4 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 471,715 (17.6% of all households, #30 highest)

19. Kentucky

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  • Single-parent households: 114,047 (6.5% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 88,790 (5.1% of all households, #22 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 25,257 (1.4% of all households, #13 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 309,072 (17.7% of all households, #28 highest)

18. Indiana

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  • Single-parent households: 174,522 (6.6% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 137,388 (5.2% of all households, #20 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 37,134 (1.4% of all households, #11 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 478,486 (18.2% of all households, #24 highest)

17. Delaware

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  • Single-parent households: 25,625 (6.7% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 20,494 (5.4% of all households, #16 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 5,131 (1.3% of all households, #29 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 58,930 (15.5% of all households, #45 highest)

16. Rhode Island

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  • Single-parent households: 28,496 (6.7% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 23,446 (5.5% of all households, #14 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 5,050 (1.2% of all households, #38 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 68,447 (16.0% of all households, #44 highest)

15. Ohio

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  • Single-parent households: 320,166 (6.7% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 257,550 (5.4% of all households, #15 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 62,616 (1.3% of all households, #20 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 789,525 (16.6% of all households, #39 highest)

14. Maryland

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  • Single-parent households: 155,582 (6.8% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 127,870 (5.6% of all households, #10 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 27,712 (1.2% of all households, #35 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 439,055 (19.1% of all households, #14 highest)

13. Tennessee

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  • Single-parent households: 182,430 (6.8% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 146,733 (5.5% of all households, #11 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 35,697 (1.3% of all households, #23 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 461,559 (17.3% of all households, #32 highest)

12. North Carolina

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  • Single-parent households: 274,487 (6.8% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 226,955 (5.6% of all households, #9 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 47,532 (1.2% of all households, #32 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 716,925 (17.8% of all households, #26 highest)

11. Washington D.C.

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  • Single-parent households: 21,228 (6.9% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 18,217 (5.9% of all households, #8 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 3,011 (1.0% of all households, #51 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 30,409 (9.8% of all households, #51 highest)

10. New Mexico

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  • Single-parent households: 56,543 (7.0% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 44,225 (5.5% of all households, #13 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 12,318 (1.5% of all households, #7 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 116,880 (14.7% of all households, #50 highest)

9. Nevada

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  • Single-parent households: 80,568 (7.0% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 60,752 (5.3% of all households, #19 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 19,816 (1.7% of all households, #1 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 193,514 (16.9% of all households, #36 highest)

8. South Carolina

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  • Single-parent households: 139,613 (7.1% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 118,776 (6.0% of all households, #6 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 20,837 (1.1% of all households, #42 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 318,923 (16.1% of all households, #42 highest)

7. Oklahoma

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  • Single-parent households: 106,678 (7.1% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 82,662 (5.5% of all households, #12 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 24,016 (1.6% of all households, #3 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 281,367 (18.7% of all households, #19 highest)

6. Alabama

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  • Single-parent households: 135,930 (7.2% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 115,418 (6.1% of all households, #5 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 20,512 (1.1% of all households, #43 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 315,140 (16.6% of all households, #40 highest)

5. Arkansas

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  • Single-parent households: 85,471 (7.3% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 69,852 (6.0% of all households, #7 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 15,619 (1.3% of all households, #27 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 207,198 (17.9% of all households, #25 highest)

4. Texas

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  • Single-parent households: 780,625 (7.7% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 640,866 (6.3% of all households, #4 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 139,759 (1.4% of all households, #10 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 2,279,656 (22.3% of all households, #2 highest)

3. Georgia

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  • Single-parent households: 308,490 (7.9% of all households)
  • Single mom households: 261,320 (6.7% of all households, #3 highest among states)
  • Single dad households: 47,170 (1.2% of all households, #33 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 733,323 (18.9% of all households, #17 highest)

2. Louisiana

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  • Single-parent households: 147,074 (8.4% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 123,528 (7.1% of all households, #2 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 23,546 (1.3% of all households, #25 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 279,997 (16.0% of all households, #43 highest)

1. Mississippi

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  • Single-parent households: 97,568 (8.8% of all households)
    • Single mom households: 85,434 (7.7% of all households, #1 highest among states)
    • Single dad households: 12,134 (1.1% of all households, #45 highest)
  • Married couple with kids households: 180,753 (16.3% of all households, #41 highest)


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