Income Level and Poverty

By: American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on the Family.

This report finds evidence that economic outcomes of married-parent families tend to be better than those of other family structures. The median income of a family with married parents is 1.5 times greater than that of a female headed household, and the poverty rate of two-parent households is 3 to 5 times lower than single-parent households. Also, the proportion of children living in poverty in married-couple families is 5 times less than female-headed households.

Family pediatrics. Pediatrics 111 (6): 1541-53.