Posted by: Zsuzsanna | August 19, 2008

More women having fewer children (if at all)

A new Census Bureau report on fertility shows that 20 percent of women 40 to 44 were childless in 2006, twice as high as the level 30 years earlier. Among other highlights, the report, Fertility of American Women: 2006, found:

  • The majority of women with a recent birth (57 percent) were in the labor force.
  • Of the 4.2 million women who had a birth in the previous 12 months, 36 percent were separated, widowed, divorced or never married at the time of the survey. Of these 1.5 million unmarried mothers, 190,000 were living with an unmarried partner.
  • Second generation Hispanic women tend to have lower fertility rates than either foreign-born Hispanics or those who were third generation (i.e., native and of native parents).
  • The highest levels of current fertility (67 births in the year prior to the survey per 1,000 women) were among those with a graduate or professional degree.

The report is the first from the Census Bureau on this topic to use data from the American Community Survey, resulting in state-by-state comparisons of fertility characteristics. Data from the Current Population Survey are also included in the report, permitting historical comparisons of levels of childlessness and births.

This report shows a great deal of variation among states in the characteristics of mothers who had given birth in the previous year. Such mothers, for instance, in the District of Columbia, Mississippi and North Carolina were the most likely to have never married. In addition, recent mothers in California were the most apt to be foreign-born, while those in Mississippi were the likeliest to be poor.

The report also finds that the national birth rate for women age 15 to 50 receiving public assistance in 2006 was about three times of those not receiving public assistance. A decade after the passage of welfare reform in 1996, data show that women in this age range receiving public assistance had a birth rate of 155 births per 1,000 women, compared with 53 births per 1,000 women not receiving it.


In my own words: Women who went to college and who are working successful careers are having 0-1.9 babies that are being raised in daycare. Women who are on welfare (after probably dropping out of school and never going to college) are having three times as many babies as anyone else. Women who are unmarried are having babies more than ever before.

Are there any normal families left? Married people where Dad works hard so Mom can stay home and raise whatever amount of children they are blessed with?

No wonder strangers in public ask to take pictures of our family, saying it’s so rare to see a normal family any more these days.



  1. My husband works extremely hard at a good stable job which is rare nowadays, unfortunately not much money, so I work as well and I do like it. I worked hard to become a nurse. My children are happy healthy and balanced kids.

    Why are you so critical of people? It baffles me that someone who is so religious and a christian judges so easily? I never remember in all my years of church, bible school and camp, the Bible teaching me to judge others and be critical?

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