Marriage & Poverty: New Jersey

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					In New Jersey, Marriage Drops the Probability of Child
Poverty by 87 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 New
                                        30%
Jersey.                                              27.1%
  Some 27.1 percent of single
mothers children were poor in           25%
2008 compared to 3.6 percent of
married couples with children.
                                        20%
  Single-parent families with
children are more than seven
times more likely to be poor than       15%
families in which the parents are
married.
  The higher poverty rate among         10%
single-mother families is due both
to the lower education levels of
the mothers and the lower income         5%                                             3.6%
due to the absence of the father.
                                         0%
                                                  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.   heritage.org

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