Fewer Children Being Born Outside Of Marriage
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2014 Aug 18
The number of children born outside of marriage in the United States has declined in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2013, there were about 1.6 million births to unmarried U.S. women, which was the lowest number since 2005, and 7 percent lower than the all-time peak in 2008, when there were about 1.7 million births outside of marriage, the report said.
Overall, about 4 in 10 births in the United States in 2013 were to unmarried women.
The drop in births outside of marriage in part reflects the overall decline in U.S. birth rates in recent years, as well as a decline in teen birth rates, the report said. Among teens ages 15 to 17, the birth rate for unmarried women dropped 30 percent between 2007 and 2012.
In contrast, there was an increase in births to unmarried women in their late 30s and early 40s: Between 2007 and 2012, the birth rate increased 7 percent among unmarried women ages 35 to 39, and 29 percent among unmarried women ages 40 to 44, the report said.