More than one in eight women, more than 16.9 million, lived in poverty last year. Poverty rates were particularly high for families headed by single mothers — 1 in 3 (36.5 percent) lived in poverty. More than half of all poor children (56.2 percent) lived in female-headed families in 2015.
Click on a state below to see how many female-headed families are living in poverty, plus:
- The share of all women living in poverty
- The share of Black, Hispanic, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and white women living in poverty
- The share of children and of women 65 and older living in poverty
- You can also download the data for every state here, and see more of NWLC’s analyses of the latest data on women and poverty.
National poverty rates calculated by NWLC based on 2016 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
State poverty rates calculated by NWLC based on 2015 American Community Survey.
The “African American” race category includes those who identified themselves in the U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey as Black or African American. The “Asian” race category includes those who identified themselves as Asian. The “Native American” race category includes those who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native. The “white” race category includes those who identified themselves as white, but not of Hispanic origin. The “Hispanic” category includes people of any race who identified themselves to be of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
Dashes indicate unavailable data. Data are given for women ages 18 and over. Female-headed families are families with female householders, no husband present and related children under 18.