How do you create a single mother variable


#1

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


#2

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.