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    All About Moms

    By the numbers: Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010

    How Many Mothers

    82.8 million

    Mothers in the United States.

    37.8 million

    Mothers living with children younger than 18. Of those, 94% lived with their biological children only; 3% lived with stepchildren; 2% with adopted children; less than 1% with foster children.

    55%

    Females ages 15-44 who are mothers. 

    80%

    Females ages 40-44 who are mothers. In 1976, 90 percent of that group were mothers. 

    How Many Children

    4.3 million

    Annual registered births.

    445,045

    Annual births to mothers ages 15-19.

    7,349

    Annual births to mothers ages 45-54.

    2.1

    Births per woman in the United States.

    2.6

    Births per woman in Utah, which led the nation. At the other end of the spectrum is Vermont, with 1.7 births per woman.

    Recent Moms

    25

    Average age of first-time mothers.

    67

    Annual births per 1,000 to women ages 15-50 with a graduate or professional degree, the highest rate of any education level.

    40%

    Annual births that are the mother’s first. Another 32 percent are the second-born; 17 percent, third; and 11 percent, fourth or more.

    18,674

    Annual births that are the mother’s eighth or more.

    32.1

    Twin births per 1,000 births.

    153.3

    Triplet and higher order multiple births per 100,000 births.

    Stay-at-Home Moms

    5.1 million

    2009

    5.3 million

    2008

    Employed Moms (and Moms-to-Be)

    57%

    Among mothers ages 15-50 who have infants, percentage who are in the labor force.

    766,052

    Child care centers in the United States.

    67%

    First-time mothers who work during pregnancy (up from 44% in early 1960s).

    80%

    Of first-time mothers who worked during pregnancy, those who worked one month before giving birth or less (up from 35% in early 1960s).

    55%

    First-time mothers who work by the sixth month after giving birth (up from 14% in early 1960s).

    Miscellaneous

    August

    The month with the most births (387,798).

    Jacob and Isabella

    The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively.

    Remembering Mothers

    19,759

    Florists nationwide, employing 93,779 workers.

    126

    Greeting-card publishers, employing 11,662 workers.

    14,194

    Cosmetics, beauty supply and perfume stores.

    27,484

    Jewelry stores.

    Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Social Security Administration. All statistics are most recent available.

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