North Dakota is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States, with a population of about 779,000 people as of 2020. It is the fourth least populous state in the country, and the second least densely populated, with only 10.7 people per square mile1. North Dakota is also known for its natural resources, such as oil, natural gas, coal, and agriculture.
Among the various types of families and households in North Dakota, single mothers are a small but important group. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 28,000 single mothers living with their own children under 18 years old in North Dakota in 20202. This represents 8% of all families with children, and 16% of all one-parent family groups in the state. Single mothers are less prevalent in North Dakota than in the nation as a whole, where they constitute 15% of all families with children, and 24% of all one-parent family groups.
Single mothers face many challenges and opportunities in their lives, such as raising their children, pursuing their education and careers, managing their finances, and accessing various resources and services. In this article, we will explore some of the key statistics and trends related to single mothers in North Dakota, based on the latest census data available. We will cover the following topics:
- Age Groups
- Financial Situation
- Veteran Status
- Disability Status
- Place of Birth
- Language Spoken at Home
- Occupied Housing Units
- Social Security
The number of single mothers in North Dakota has increased by 27% from 2010 to 2020, from 22,000 to 28,0002. This is higher than the national growth rate of 10% for single mothers during the same period. The proportion of single mothers among all families with children has also increased from 7% to 8% in North Dakota, and from 14% to 15% in the nation.
The average size of single-mother families in North Dakota is 2.6 persons, which is lower than the average size of all families with children (3.1 persons) and all one-parent family groups (2.7 persons) in the state. The average size of single-mother families in North Dakota is also lower than the national average of 2.9 persons for single-mother families.
The majority (60%) of single mothers in North Dakota have never been married, followed by those who are divorced (27%), widowed (7%), separated (4%), or married but spouse absent (2%). The marital status distribution of single mothers in North Dakota is similar to that of the nation, except that North Dakota has a higher percentage of never-married single mothers (60% vs. 56%) and a lower percentage of separated single mothers (4% vs. 8%).
The median age of single mothers in North Dakota is 32 years old, which is lower than the median age of all women in the state (38 years old) and the nation (39 years old). The median age of single mothers in North Dakota is also lower than the median age of all parents with children under 18 years old in the state (36 years old) and the nation (35 years old).
The age distribution of single mothers in North Dakota shows that most (53%) are between 25 and 44 years old, followed by those who are under 25 years old (30%), and those who are 45 years and over (17%). The age distribution of single mothers in North Dakota is different from that of the nation, where most (57%) are between 25 and 44 years old, followed by those who are under 25 years old (16%), and those who are 45 years and over (27%).