Changing Patterns of Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States

Changing Patterns of Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States
By: Stephanie J. Ventura, Division of Vital Statistics
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Data Brief
This report examines data on nonmarital births from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS). The principal measures reviewed are the number of births to unmarried women, the birth rate for unmarried women, and the percentage of all births to unmarried women. The most recent data available are from the 2007 preliminary birth file (5). Data for 2006 are shown where the 2007 data are not available. Comparisons are also made with selected earlier years reflecting key points of change.

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