Status:Closed    Asked:Sep 30, 2017 - 06:14 PM

How do you create a single mother variable

I want to find out how many single mothers there are in NYC in relation to race and ethnicity

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It sounds like you are going to want to explore your options within IPUMS USA. For example, there is a variable available for marital status, MARST. You could use this in combination with SEX to define your population of "single women". Furthermore, you can find the number of a person's own children living in a household using NCHILD.

We have a collection of race and ethnicity variables available. To identify NYC, I would suggest you explore the available geographic variables such as PUMA, METAREA/METAREA2013 and COUNTY.


Oct 02, 2017 - 08:44 AM

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