A rise in unmarried parents living together has led to a decline of single motherhood in the U.S., according to a new report.
A quarter of parents living together with their children are unmarried, an uptick from 50 years ago when only 7% of parents did so, according to the Pew Research Center, which analyzed data from the Census Bureau. As more unmarried parents cohabit, the number of mothers raising their children alone has fallen.
The decline of single motherhood is a direct result of more unmarried parents deciding to live together, according to the report. Pew says 35% of unmarried parents live with a partner.