Ohio is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States, with a population of about 11.8 million people as of 2020. It is the seventh most populous state in the country, and the tenth most densely populated, with 282.3 people per square mile. Ohio is also known for its diverse economy, culture, and history.
Among the various types of families and households in Ohio, single mothers are a significant and growing group. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 583,000 single mothers living with their own children under 18 years old in Ohio in 2020. This represents 15% of all families with children, and 25% of all one-parent family groups in the state. Single mothers are more prevalent in Ohio 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 Ohio, 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 Ohio has increased by 8% from 2010 to 2020, from 540,000 to 583,000. This is lower 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 14% to 15% in Ohio, and from 14% to 15% in the nation.
The average size of single-mother families in Ohio is 2.7 persons, which is lower than the average size of all families with children (3.2 persons) and all one-parent family groups (2.8 persons) in the state. The average size of single-mother families in Ohio is also lower than the national average of 2.9 persons for single-mother families.
The majority (58%) of single mothers in Ohio have never been married, followed by those who are divorced (28%), separated (7%), widowed (5%), or married but spouse absent (2%). The marital status distribution of single mothers in Ohio is similar to that of the nation, except that Ohio has a lower percentage of separated single mothers (7% vs. 8%) and a higher percentage of widowed single mothers (5% vs. 4%).
The median age of single mothers in Ohio is 36 years old, which is lower than the median age of all women in the state (39 years old) and the nation (39 years old). The median age of single mothers in Ohio is also lower than the median age of all parents with children under 18 years old in the state (38 years old) and the nation (35 years old).
The age distribution of single mothers in Ohio shows that most (56%) are between 25 and 44 years old, followed by those who are 45 years and over (26%), and those who are under 25 years old (18%). The age distribution of single mothers in Ohio is similar to that of the nation, except that Ohio has a lower percentage of young single mothers under 25 years old (18% vs. 16%) and a higher percentage of older single mothers over 45 years old (26% vs. 27%).