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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 1990

______________________________________________________________________________________          |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 1986 ....      34.3       32.6       49.7       42.0       26.9       12.2        2.7 1987 ....      36.1       34.1       53.1       44.3       29.3       13.5        2.9 1988 ....      38.6       36.8       56.7       48.1       31.7       14.9        3.2 1989 ....      41.6       40.1       61.2       52.8       34.9       16.0        3.4 1990 ....      43.8       42.5       65.1       56.0       37.6       17.3        3.6                                                White2/  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 1975 ....      12.4       12.0       15.5       14.8        9.8        5.4        1.5 1980 ....      17.6       16.2       24.4       20.7       13.6        6.8        1.8  1985 ....      21.8       20.5       30.9       27.3       17.5        8.6        1.9 1986 ....      23.2       21.5       33.5       29.2       19.2        9.3        2.1 1987 ....      24.6       22.8       35.8       30.7       21.2       10.3        2.3 1988 ....      26.6       24.8       38.3       33.8       22.9       11.5        2.6 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                                       Black and other races2/  1950 ....      71.2       68.5      105.4       94.2       63.5        ---        8.7 1955 ....       ---       77.6      133.0      125.2      100.9        ---        --- 1960 ....      98.3       76.5      166.5      171.8      104.0        ---        --- 1965 ....      97.6       75.8      152.6      164.7      137.8        ---        --- 1970 ....      89.9       90.8      121.0       93.8       69.8       32.0       10.7 1975 ....      79.0       86.3      102.1       73.2       47.9       20.0        6.9 1980 ....      77.2       81.7      106.6       79.1       46.9       19.2        5.6  1985 ....      73.2       79.4      105.7       77.9       48.8       21.4        4.7 1986 ....      74.8       79.7      109.5       82.3       50.8       21.6        4.9 1987 ....      78.3       81.6      116.6       89.2       54.2       23.9        5.4 1988 ....      81.8       85.9      124.3       94.6       57.9       25.4        5.5 1989 ....      80.7       87.8      123.5       94.7       57.9       24.3        5.1 1990 ....      79.7       88.3      124.3       94.3       57.8       24.6        5.2 ______________________________________________________________________________________ 
---Data not available.

1/Includes never married, divorced, and widowed women.
2/Hispanics are included in the "white" or in the "black and other races" categories.

NOTE: Data for 1989 and 1990 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; and Trends in Illegitimacy, United States 1940-68.


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