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Health Indicator Report of New Mexico Population - Single Female Head of Household

Single parenthood is associated with poor health outcomes for parents and children. Single parents are more likely to experience socio-economic risk factors like: lower educational attainment, higher unemployment, and lower wage jobs. Single parenthood is related to increased stress and depression, risk factors for poor physical health. In the US single parenthood disproportionately affects women. Nationally, in 2016, of the 11 million single-parent families, 8.5 million are headed by a single mother (1). Single parenthood is associated with adverse effects on children's achievement in school, emotional, psychological and physical health, and future economic success.


2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate. Family Households: A family consists of a householder and one or more other people living in the same household who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Data Interpretation Issues

The 90-percent margin of error (MOE) reported by the American Community Survey was transformed to a 95-percent confidence level for this report.


Family households headed by a single female adult as a percentage of all New Mexico households.


Estimated number of households that are family households headed by a single female adult.


Estimated total number of New Mexico households.

Other Objectives

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Content updated: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 12:38:32 MDT