Friday, May 11th 2012
While Mother’s Day presents a special opportunity to show appreciation and devotion to our respective moms, it’s also the perfect time to see how the “mom demographic” is evolving.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau included in a Washington Post article, mothers are—not unexpectedly—a diverse lot.
Here are some interesting stats on American moms:
- Mothers total about 85.4 million, with about four million giving birth in the past year.
- In 2008, the last year recorded, the average age for giving birth was 25.1 years old. That 0.1 is important because it represents a slight age increase from the previous two years. Analysts say that increase is due mostly to fewer births among the younger set of mothers.
- The number of stay-at-home mothers has remained relatively stable despite the challenging economy. In 2011, 23 percent of married mothers with children under 15 were classified as stay-at-home. In 2007, before the recession, it was 24 percent.
- The number of single moms, however, has spiked. In 2011, 10 million mothers of children 18 or younger were single. In 1970, that number was just 3.4 million.
- In 2010, about 39 percent of women who gave birth were not married, or were separated, or “married but with an absent spouse,” according to the census.
- The most popular names bestowed upon babies in 2010 were Jacob and Isabella.