This fact sheet cites statistics that indicate the share of children living in married-couple plunged from 73% in 2000 to 68% in 2008, and that the most recent data available for 2008 indicate that the share of rural children living in married-couple families is 1 percentage point below that of children in metropolitan areas (68% versus 69%). It discusses how family structure is closely linked to a variety of child outcomes and that in general, children growing up in a stable, married-couple family have more advantages and opportunities than those growing up in a single-parent family. The impact of single parenthood on poverty rates is also considered. 1 figure, 1 table, and 3 references.
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Rural Children Now Less Likely to Live in Married-Couple Families.