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Homeownership is the primary means of building wealth for most Americans, and research has found that children of homeowners have better outcomes than children of renters, including better grades in school and fewer behavioral problems. This measure describes the disparity in homeownership rates between two-parent and single-parent households. For example, the homeownership rate of two-parent households in New York is 2.3 times higher than for single-parent households.

Homeownership by Family Structure, 2012

StateHomeownership Rate,
2-Parent Households (%)
Homeownership Rate,
1-Parent Households (%)
RatioRank
United States  73.7%  38.6%  1.91   
Alabama  76.9%  40.6%  1.90  29 
Alaska  73.4%  44.4%  1.65 
Arizona  65.5%  37.7%  1.74  10 
Arkansas  72.9%  39.2%  1.86  26 
California  59.3%  30.6%  1.94  34 
Colorado  72.8%  40.4%  1.80  20 
Connecticut  80.2%  39.9%  2.01  42 
Delaware  79.9%  48.4%  1.65 
District of Columbia  67.7%  29.2%  2.32  51 
Florida  68.7%  39.1%  1.76  15 
Georgia  73.3%  38.0%  1.93  33 
Hawaii  57.6%  37.2%  1.55 
Idaho  73.6%  40.1%  1.84  24 
Illinois  80.0%  39.8%  2.01  43 
Indiana  82.5%  42.1%  1.96  36 
Iowa  81.9%  50.4%  1.62 
Kansas  78.1%  43.4%  1.80  19 
Kentucky  78.1%  39.8%  1.96  37 
Louisiana  79.5%  43.5%  1.83  22 
Maine  82.1%  47.1%  1.74  11 
Maryland  78.3%  41.1%  1.90  31 
Massachusetts  80.1%  36.3%  2.21  49 
Michigan  82.7%  45.1%  1.83  23 
Minnesota  84.8%  45.2%  1.87  28 
Mississippi  77.1%  43.6%  1.77  16 
Missouri  79.5%  40.3%  1.97  38 
Montana  72.6%  47.0%  1.54 
Nebraska  79.4%  40.0%  1.98  39 
Nevada  58.1%  29.0%  2.00  40 
New Hampshire  83.6%  49.0%  1.71 
New Jersey  76.6%  36.8%  2.08  44 
New Mexico  73.5%  48.5%  1.52 
New York  67.9%  29.4%  2.31  50 
North Carolina  75.1%  40.2%  1.87  27 
North Dakota  83.7%  47.2%  1.78  17 
Ohio  78.9%  37.0%  2.13  48 
Oklahoma  73.8%  43.1%  1.71 
Oregon  69.6%  36.6%  1.90  30 
Pennsylvania  83.1%  43.6%  1.91  32 
Rhode Island  79.0%  37.1%  2.13  47 
South Carolina  76.6%  41.9%  1.83  21 
South Dakota  81.1%  38.3%  2.12  46 
Tennessee  77.3%  38.5%  2.01  41 
Texas  72.0%  40.5%  1.78  18 
Utah  77.6%  44.4%  1.75  14 
Vermont  81.8%  46.9%  1.75  13 
Virginia  75.6%  38.8%  1.95  35 
Washington  71.1%  38.7%  1.84  25 
West Virginia  82.4%  47.2%  1.74  12 
Wisconsin  83.9%  39.8%  2.11  45 
Wyoming  75.3%  44.8%  1.68 

Definition

Ratio of the homeownership rate of one-parent households to two-parent households, 2012.

 Calculated by dividing the higher value by the lower value, i.e., two-parent households divided by one-parent households.

 A ratio of 1 indicates perfect equality; the higher the ratio, the greater the inequality. 

Source

2012 American Community Survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2013. Data calculated by CFED using Public Use Microdata Sample files.

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