Demographics of mothers from 1990 to 2008

By Kayla Overbey

Friday, April 6, 2012

  • The popularity of shows like MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “16 & Pregnant” may be on the rise, but research shows that women are actually having children later in life. Pew Research Center Publications pulled data from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics to compare women from 1990 to women from 2008. The statistics pertain to mothers of newborns, describing the differences in age, marital status, and level of education. Mothers in 2008 have statistically increased their levels of education and are older when giving birth. The number of single mothers has also increased, most likely due to social acceptance of independence among women.

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