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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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