In 2004, 53.2 percent of women 18 and older were
married and living with their spouses; this includes married couples
living with other people, such as parents. Over 12 percent of women
over age 18 are the heads of their households, meaning that they
have children or other family members, but no spouse, living with
them in a house that they own or rent. Women who are heads of households
include single mothers, single women with a parent or other close
relative in their house, and women with other household configurations.
The remaining women lived alone (15.4 percent), with non-relatives
(7.0 percent), and with parents or other relatives (12.1 percent).
Women in female-headed households are more likely
than women in married-couple families to have incomes below the
Federal poverty level (see “Women and Poverty,” page 15). Black
women are the most likely to be a single head of household (29.1
percent), while Asian women are the least likely (7.2 percent).
Hispanic women and women of other races also have high rates of
female-headed households (16.4 and 15.9 percent, respectively).