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January 31 2018

American Women Are Having More Babies

by Charlotte Hays

Time magazine highlights a fascinating demographic study that finds that women are having more babies:

In a reversal of a decades-long trend, more American women are now choosing to have children. They’re getting a lot of other stuff out of the way first and many more of them are going it alone, but the most recent figures show that by the end of their childbearing years, 86% of U.S. women have had kids, a 7.5% rise since 2006.

The new analysis of U.S. Census Data from Pew Research also found that those mothers are bearing more children. The U.S. had the lowest fertility rate in its history in 2006, with the average American woman bearing 1.86 kids. In 2016, that average was 2.07, an 11% rise. Those figures put the country on par with the early 90s, but nowhere close to the 70s.

It should be noted that two other trends are prominent: yes, women are having more babies, but they are giving birth later in life and fewer of these mothers are married.  Here are the stats from the article:

The majority of never-married women aged 40-44 have had a child, a rise of 75% in two decades

•Many more highly educated single women have chosen to become mothers, three times as many with a bachelors degree and five times as many with a postgraduate degree. A quarter of single women aged 40-44 with a higher degree are now mothers.

•There has been an almost threefold growth in the number of unmarried white women who have borne a child, from 13% to 37%.

•Among African-American women the growth is smaller but the percentage is higher: three quarters of unmarried black women in that age group have kids, up from two thirds two decades ago.

• Single women whose education finished at high school are also much more likely to be mothers: 70% of them have kids, a rise from 48% in 1994.

The study did not include single-women who adopt children.

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