Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity
What does this measure?
The proportion of single-parent families with children under 18 in various racial and ethnic groups.
Why is this important?
Children in single-parent families are far more likely to grow up in low-income households than those living with two parents. They are at greater risk of low academic performance and behavioral problems and may experience parental conflict and residential instability as well.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
According to 2007-11 estimates, 35% of white families in Cayuga and 39% of white families in Seneca were led by a single parent, more than the national and state levels. In the state (excluding NYC), single-parent family rates were 26% for white families, 40% for Hispanic families and 62% for black families. In comparison counties, the percentage of white single-parent families ranged from 29%-33%, similar to Cayuga and Seneca. Other racial and ethnic groups in Cayuga and Seneca counties were not large enough to report accurate statistics.
Notes about the data
The 2007-11 figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census.