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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 7


Indicator 7. Births to Unmarried Women, by Age and Race


Birth rates for unmarried women 15 to 44 years old, by age and race: 1950 to 1992

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          |Number of live births to unmarried women1/ per 1,000 unmarried women, by age
   Year   |----------------------------------------------------------------------------
          |  Total   |          |          |          |          |          |
          | 15 to 44 | 15 to 19 | 20 to 24 | 25 to 29 | 30 to 34 | 35 to 39 | 40 to 44
----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------
                                 All races
1950 .....      14.1       12.6       21.3       19.9       13.3        7.2        2.0
1955 .....       ---       15.1       33.5       33.5       22.0       10.5        ---
1960 .....      21.6       15.3       39.7       45.1       27.8       14.1        3.6
1965 .....      23.5       16.7       39.9       49.3       37.5       17.4        4.5
1970 .....      26.4       22.4       38.4       37.0       27.1       13.6        3.5
1975 .....      24.5       23.9       31.2       27.5       17.9        9.1        2.6
1980 .....      29.4       27.6       40.9       34.0       21.1        9.7        2.6
1985 .....      32.8       31.6       46.8       39.8       25.0       11.6        2.5
1990 .....      43.8       42.5       65.1       56.0       37.6       17.3        3.6
1991 .....      45.2       44.8       68.0       56.5       38.1       18.0        3.8
1992 .....      45.2       44.6       68.5       56.5       37.9       18.8        4.1
                                  White /3
1950 .....       6.1        5.1       10.0        8.7        5.9        ---        0.9
1955 .....       ---        6.0       15.0       13.3        8.6        ---        ---
1960 .....       9.2        6.6       18.2       18.2       10.8        ---        3.9
1965 .....      11.6        7.9       22.1       24.3       16.6        ---        4.9
1970 .....      13.9       10.9       22.5       21.1       14.2        7.6        2.0
1980 .....      18.1       16.5       25.1       21.5       14.1        7.1        1.8
1985 .....      22.5       21.8       31.7       28.5       18.4        9.0        2.0
1986 .....      23.9       21.8       34.2       30.5       20.1        9.7        2.2
1987 .....      25.3       23.2       36.6       32.0       22.3       10.7        2.4
1988 .....      27.4       25.3       39.2       35.4       24.2       12.1        2.7
1989 .....      30.2       28.0       43.8       39.1       26.8       13.1        2.9
1990 .....      32.9       30.6       48.2       43.0       29.9       14.5        3.2
1991 .....      34.6       32.8       51.5       44.6       31.1       15.2        3.2
1992 .....      35.2       33.0       52.7       45.4       31.5       16.2        3.6
                                  Black /3
1950\2\ ..      71.2       68.5      105.4       94.2       63.5        ---        8.7
1955\2\ ..       ---       77.6      133.0      125.2      100.9        ---        ---
1960\2\ ..      98.3       76.5      166.5      171.8      104.0        ---        ---
1965\2\ ..      97.6       75.8      152.6      164.7      137.8        ---        ---
1970 .....      95.5       96.9      131.5      100.9       71.8       32.9       10.4
1980 .....      81.1       87.9      112.3       81.4       46.7       19.0        5.5
1985 .....      77.0       87.6      113.1       79.3       47.5       20.4        4.3
1986 .....      79.0       88.5      118.0       84.6       50.0       20.6        4.4
1987 .....      82.6       90.9      126.1       91.6       53.1       22.4        4.7
1988 .....      86.5       96.1      133.6       97.2       57.4       24.1        5.0
1989 .....      90.7      104.5      142.4      102.9       60.5       24.9        5.0
1990 .....      90.5      106.0      144.8      105.3       61.5       25.5        5.1
1991 .....      89.5      108.5      147.5      100.9       60.1       25.6        5.4
1992 .....      86.5      105.9      144.3       98.2       57.7       25.8        5.4
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---Data not available.

/1/ Includes never married, divorced, and widowed women.

/2/ For years 1950 through 1965, includes "other races".

/3/ Hispanics are included in the ''white'' or in the ''black'' categories.

NOTE: Data for 1980 and after are based on race of mother; data for other years are based on race of child. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States to 1975. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Monthly Vital Statistics Report, various years; Trends in Illegitimacy, United States 1940-68.

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