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Mothers by the Numbers

Info about mothers from the Census Bureau

 

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How Many Mothers

4.1 million

Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months.

35.7%

Percentage of births in 2011 that were to unmarried women age 15 to 50. The metro areas with birth rates to unmarried mothers that were among the highest in the country included Flagstaff, Ariz. (74.6 percent), Greenville, N.C. (69.4 percent), Lima, Ohio (67.5 percent), Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, S.C. (67.4 percent) and Danville, Va. (67.3 percent).

How Many Children

2,373.5

Decline in total fertility rate or estimated number of total births per 1,000 women in Utah in 2012 (based on current birth rates by age), which led the nation. At the other end of the spectrum is Rhode Island, with a total fertility rate of 1,592.5 births per 1,000 women.

20%

Percentage of all women age 15 to 44 who have had two children. About 47 percent had no children, 17 percent had one, 10 percent had three and about 5 percent had four or more.

Recent Births

3.953 million

Decline in the number of births registered in the United States in 2012. Of this number, 305,388 were to teens 15 to 19 and 7,157 to women age 45 to 49.

25.8

Average age of women in 2012 when they gave birth for the first time, up from 25.6 years in 2011. The increase in the mean age in 2012 reflects, in part, the relatively large decline in births to women in their teen years and their 20s.

62.1%

Percentage of women age 16 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were in the labor force.

29.5%

The percentage of mothers who had given birth in the past 12 months who had a bachelor's degree or higher.

84.6%

Percentage of women age 15 to 50 who gave birth in the past year and who have at least a high school diploma.

Jacob and Sophia

The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 2012.

66

Number of births in the past year per 1,000 women age 15 to 50 with a graduate or professional degree. The number was 56 per 1,000 for women whose highest level of education was a bachelor's degree.

Mothers Remembered

15,307

Number of florists nationwide in 2011. The 66,165 employees in floral shops across our nation will be especially busy preparing, selling and delivering floral arrangements for Mother's Day.

12,403

Number of employees of greeting-card publishers in 2011.

15,097

The number of cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores nationwide in 2011. Perfume is a popular gift given on Mother's Day.

23,394

Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2011 — the place to purchase necklaces, earrings and other timeless pieces for mom.

Stay-at-Home Moms

5 million

Number of stay-at-home moms in married-couple family groups in 2013 — statistically unchanged from 2012 and 2011. In 2013, 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15 had a stay-at-home mother, up from 21 percent in 2000. In 2007, before the recession, stay-at-home mothers were found in 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15, not statistically different from the percentage in 2012.

Compared with other moms, stay-at-home moms in 2007 were more likely:

  • Younger (44 percent were under age 35 compared with 38 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Hispanic (27 percent compared with 16 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Foreign-born (34 percent compared with 19 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Living with a child under age 5 (57 percent compared with 43 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Without a high school diploma (19 percent versus 8 percent of mothers in the labor force).

Taking Care of the Kids

863,126

Number of child day care services employees across the country in 2011. They were employed by one of the 75,059 child day care services. In addition, there were 747,436 child day care services without paid employees. Many mothers turn to these centers to help juggle motherhood and careers.

94%

The percentage of the 37.8 million mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2004 who lived with their biological children only. In addition, 3 percent lived with stepchildren, 2 percent with adopted children and 0.5 percent with foster children.

Single Moms

10 million

The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2013, up from 3.4 million in 1970.

5.6 million

Number of custodial mothers who were due child support in 2011.

415,475

Number of mothers who had a birth in the past 12 months and were living with a cohabiting partner.


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