A Study of American Moms
The Pew Research Center recently released their findings about motherhood in the United States. The report states that the American mother of 2008 is, on average, older and more educated than her 1990 counterpart. She is also less likely to be white and less likely to be married, an interesting reflection of how America is evolving.
Moms are getting older
In 1990, teenage mothers outnumbered mothers aged 35 and older. In 2008, older women were responsible for 14% of births while teenage mothers only accounted for 10% of births.
Moms are less likely to be wives
The percentage of births to unmarried women went up 13 percentage points from 1990 to 2008, going from 28% to 41%.
Moms are becoming more ethnically diverse
In 2008, only 53% of births were to white women.
Moms are increasingly educated
54% of mothers of newborn babies had at least some college education in 2006.
Moms are having less kids
The United States’ birthrate is of approximately 2.10 which is on par with the replacement rate.
It has suffered a 20% decrease since 1990.
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