Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2002. Appendix C: Additional Nonmarital Birth Data

03/01/2002

Table C-1. Percentage of Births that are to Unmarried Women Within Age Groups by Race: 1940-2000

Year White Black
Under
Age 15
Age
15 - 17
Age
18 - 19
All
Teens
All
Women
Under 
Age 15
Age
15 - 17
Age
18 - 19
All 
Teens
All
Women
1940 44.4 NA NA 7.2 1.9 NA NA NA NA NA
1941 44.9 NA NA 7.0 1.9 NA NA NA NA NA
1942 40.5 NA NA 6.4 1.7 NA NA NA NA NA
1943 45.2 NA NA 6.5 1.6 NA NA NA NA NA
1944 41.3 NA NA 8.4 2.0 NA NA NA NA NA
1945 50.7 NA NA 10.0 2.4 NA NA NA NA NA
1946 52.4 NA NA 8.4 2.1 NA NA NA NA NA
1947 45.1 NA NA 6.6 1.8 NA NA NA NA NA
1948 39.9 10.3 4.6 6.3 1.8 NA NA NA NA NA
1949 40.4 10.0 4.5 6.1 1.7 NA NA NA NA NA
1950 41.9 10.2 4.8 6.4 1.7 NA NA NA NA NA
1951 34.9 9.7 4.4 5.9 1.6 NA NA NA NA NA
1952 40.4 9.6 4.4 6.0 1.6 NA NA NA NA NA
1953 43.1 9.6 4.5 6.1 1.7 NA NA NA NA NA
1954 36.8 10.2 4.9 6.5 1.8 NA NA NA NA NA
1955 42.1 10.2 4.9 6.6 1.9 NA NA NA NA NA
1956 42.6 10.2 4.8 6.5 1.9 NA NA NA NA NA
1957 41.5 10.4 4.7 6.5 2.0 NA NA NA NA NA
1958 45.3 10.8 4.9 6.8 2.1 NA NA NA NA NA
1959 46.7 11.4 5.2 7.2 2.2 NA NA NA NA NA
1960 47.5 11.7 5.4 7.4 2.3 NA NA NA NA NA
1961 49.9 12.4 6.0 7.9 2.5 NA NA NA NA NA
1962 48.3 13.4 6.1 8.2 2.8 NA NA NA NA NA
1963 50.3 15.1 7.0 9.4 3.1 NA NA NA NA NA
1964 52.3 16.0 7.6 10.4 3.4 NA NA NA NA NA
1965 57.3 17.3 9.1 11.7 4.0 NA NA NA NA NA
1966 52.5 19.5 9.9 12.6 4.4 NA NA NA NA NA
1967 61.6 21.0 11.2 14.2 4.9 NA NA NA NA NA
1968 61.0 23.4 12.7 16.1 5.3 NA NA NA NA NA
1969 57.0 24.0 12.9 16.6 5.5 91.7 72.1 48.3 60.0 34.9
1970 57.9 25.2 13.5 17.5 5.7 93.5 76.0 52.1 64.0 37.6
1971 60.5 25.2 13.2 17.4 5.6 95.0 79.6 56.0 68.1 40.5
1972 59.0 26.4 13.7 18.5 6.0 96.4 81.0 59.0 70.7 43.9
1973 65.2 27.6 14.3 19.6 6.4 96.4 82.6 60.4 72.1 45.7
1974 65.3 29.4 15.0 20.8 6.5 97.4 84.8 63.8 74.7 47.1
1975 71.0 33.0 17.2 23.5 7.3 98.4 87.4 67.6 77.8 48.8
1976 69.3 35.7 18.8 25.4 7.7 99.1 89.7 70.9 80.5 50.3
1977 72.8 38.9 21.0 27.8 8.2 98.8 90.6 74.6 82.6 51.7
1978 73.1 40.1 22.5 29.1 8.7 97.2 90.9 76.5 83.5 53.2
1979 75.0 42.4 24.3 30.8 9.4 99.4 92.9 78.9 85.7 54.7
1980 75.4 45.4 27.1 33.6 11.2 98.6 93.1 79.9 86.2 56.1
1981 76.5 48.0 28.7 35.5 11.8 98.9 93.9 81.3 87.2 56.9
1982 77.7 50.1 30.3 37.2 12.3 98.4 94.2 82.4 87.9 57.7
1983 79.9 53.1 32.7 39.8 12.9 98.5 95.1 84.4 89.4 59.2
1984 80.8 55.4 35.1 42.2 13.6 98.6 95.3 85.4 90.0 60.3
1985 82.4 58.0 38.2 45.3 14.7 98.8 95.6 86.2 90.6 61.2
1986 83.6 61.3 41.7 48.8 15.9 99.0 95.7 86.9 91.1 62.4
1987 84.6 64.6 44.4 51.8 16.9 99.1 96.1 87.6 91.7 63.4
1988 86.5 66.2 47.3 54.1 18.0 98.9 96.4 88.5 92.3 64.7
1989 84.7 67.2 49.5 55.7 19.2 98.4 96.1 89.0 92.3 59.2
1990 83.6 67.9 50.8 56.8 20.4 98.5 95.6 89.4 92.2 59.8
1991 75.5 69.7 53.2 59.0 21.8 98.1 95.7 89.8 92.5 60.3
1992 76.2 70.6 54.9 60.6 22.6 97.6 95.6 90.4 92.8 68.1
1993 83.2 71.7 57.2 62.7 23.6 98.1 95.7 90.8 93.1 68.7
1994 90.4 77.5 61.9 68.0 25.4 99.1 97.8 93.4 95.5 70.4
1995 88.8 77.4 62.1 68.0 25.3 99.1 97.7 93.2 95.3 69.9
1996 90.1 78.8 63.3 69.2 25.7 99.1 97.9 93.6 95.6 69.8
1997 92.2 81.6 65.3 71.4 25.8 99.4 98.3 93.8 95.8 69.2
1998 94.0 82.7 66.5 72.4 26.3 99.6 98.3 93.9 95.7 69.1
1999 93.9 83.2 67.3 72.9 26.7 99.5 98.3 93.7 95.6 68.8
2000 94.0 83.4 67.8 73.1 27.1 99.4 98.2 94.0 95.7 68.5

Notes: Births to unmarried women in the United States for 1940 – 1979 are estimated from data for registration areas in which marital status of the mother was reported; see sources below. Beginning in 1980, births to unmarried women in the United States are based on data from states reporting marital status directly and data from non-reporting states for which marital status was inferred from other information on the birth certificate; see sources below. Data for 1998 are preliminary.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, “Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States, 1940 - 1999,” National Vital Health Statistics Reports, Vol. 48 (16), 2000; “Births: Final Data for 2000,” National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 50 (5), February 2002.

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