How Many Women Worldwide Are Single Moms?

BY STEVE CRABTREE AND SOFIA KLUCH
How Many Women Worldwide Are Single Moms?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of single mothers worldwide, at 32%.
  • U.S. among countries where single mothers have relatively low incomes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup finds that about one in eight women aged 18 to 60 worldwide — 13% — are unmarried and have children younger than 15 in their household. However, this figure is sharply higher in a few regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa at 32% and Latin America at 24%.

Women’s Family Status, by Region
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