Marriage & Poverty: Illinois

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					In Illinois, Marriage Drops the Probability of Child Poverty
by 85 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
Illinois.                                            36.1%
  Some 36.1 percent of single           35%
mothers children were poor in
2008 compared to 5.3 percent of         30%
married couples with children.
  Single-parent families with           25%
children are almost seven times
more likely to be poor than             20%
families in which the parents are
  The higher poverty rate among
single-mother families is due both      10%
to the lower education levels of                                                        5.3%
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 Illinois.