Marriage & Poverty: California

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					In California, Marriage Drops the Probability of Child
Poverty by 75 Percent
  The rapid rise in out-of-wedlock     PERCENTAGE OF FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
child bearing is a major cause of      THAT ARE POOR
high levels of child poverty in
California.                                          31.9%
  Some 31.9 percent of single
mothers children were poor in
2008 compared to 8.1 percent of
married couples with children.          25%
  Single-parent families with
children are nearly four times          20%
more likely to be poor than
families in which the parents are
  The higher poverty rate among
single-mother families is due both      10%                                             8.1%
to the lower education levels of
the mothers and the lower income         5%
due to the absence of the father.
                                                  Single Parent,                Married,Two-Parent
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American             Female-Headed                        Families
Community Survey, 2006–2008 data.                    Families

                                                                   Marriage and Poverty in the U.S.

Description: Marriage is America's #1 weapon against childhood poverty. This graph details the impact of marriage on the probability of child poverty in California.