Census Report Shows That More Children Than Ever Are Born To Single Moms

May 6, 2013  |  

There are more single mothers in the United States than ever before, a trend that has been in the works since the 1940s. But according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, while the rate of single motherhood  has been steadily increasing, there are some groups in which the figure has spiked in recent years.

Sixty-eight percent of black women who had given birth in the past year were unmarried, compared to 11 percent of Asian women, 43 percent of Hispanics and 26 percent of non-Hispanic whites,” reports The Huffington Post. And the more education, the less likely the woman was a single mom.  Fifty-seven percent of recent mothers without a high school diploma were unmarried while just nine percent of recent mothers with a bachelors degree or higher were single. Higher income as also a factor: Sixty-nine percent of recent mothers in households with incomes with $10,000, compared to nine percent of recent mothers with households earning $200,000 or more.

As we wrote on this site just yesterday:

Not everyone is meant to be in a monogamous relationship. Not everyone, regardless of education or status, has the tools necessary to compromise or make the sacrifices necessary to have a successful marriage. Success in a career is VERY different than success in a relationship in many cases, so marriage may not be for everyone. Success and happiness no longer have to include a wife, a husband or a child. Sometimes a job and the freedom of singlehood are really enough.

As the ages of the women included in the Census report increased, there were fewer single mothers.  For women between the ages of 35 and 39, the percentage was 17 percent.

In 2007 the birth rate for single mothers was 80 percent higher than it was in 1980, and 20 percent of that increase happened between 2002 and 2007, according to the report. HuffPo says the numbers are particularly high for recent mothers (mothers who gave birth in the previous 12 months) between age 20 and 24. “In 2011, 62 percent of women between ages 20 and 24 who had recently given birth were unmarried,” writes HuffPo.

Overall, 36 percent of the 4.1 million women who reported they had given birth in the past year were unmarried. This is an increase from 31 percent in 2005.

So we asked yesterday and we’ll ask again, “Should parenthood be limited to those who want to also be married, or should people who are committed to being good parents have children without saying “I do?”

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