Brief Family Finances: How Do Families with and without Children Differ?
Emma Cancian Kalish
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Many families are in financial distress, and families with children are especially vulnerable. Thirty-eight percent of families with children under age 18 living at home are struggling to get by, compared with 33 percent of families without children at home. Financial distress can arise from a range of factors, from a specific hardship—28 percent of families with children experienced a financial hardship in the past year, compared with 23 percent of families without children—to a simple lack of sufficient income.

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Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Families Children and youth
Tags Economic well-being Family structure Wealth inequality Opportunity and ownership Kids in context
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population