They’re Waiting Longer, But U.S. Women Today More Likely to Have Children Than a Decade Ago

January 19, 2018

(Pew Research Center) – The share of U.S. women at the end of their childbearing years who have ever given birth was higher in 2016 than it had been 10 years earlier. Some 86% of women ages 40 to 44 are mothers, compared with 80% in 2006, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. The share of women in this age group who are mothers is similar to what it was in the early 1990s.

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