Poverty Rates for Single Mothers Are Higher in the U.S. than in Other High-Income Countries

A new report from Legal Momentum demonstrates that poverty rates for single mothers are exceptionally high in the U.S. compared to other high-income countries.

Legal Momentum compared single mother poverty rates in the U.S. to rates in 15 other high-income countries. The U.S. single mother poverty rate in 2004 was the highest at 49%. Scandinavian countries like Denmark (8%), Sweden (10%) and Finland (11%) had the lowest rate, while Canada was the second-highest, with 48% of single mothers living in poverty.