2006 November 21 Tuesday
Unmarried Birth Rates Up In United States

A new CDC report on fertility in America shows a new record in the proportion of babies born to single moms.

All measures of childbearing by unmarried women increased to  record levels for the Nation in 2005 according to preliminary data (2,4). The total number of births rose 4 percent to 1,525,345, compared with 1,470,189 in 2004. During 2002-2005, the number increased 12 percent overall.

  • The birth rate increased 3 percent in 2005 to 47.6 per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15-44 years, up from 46.1 in 2004.
  • The proportion of births to unmarried women increased in 2005 to 36.8 percent, compared with 35.8 percent in 2004. The proportions increased for all population subgroups by race and Hispanic origin (Table 1 and Figure 3).
  • In 2005, well over four in five births to teenagers were nonmarital (Table 3). Over one-half of births to women aged 20-24 years and nearly 3 in 10 births to women aged 25-29 years were to unmarried women.

As whites dwindle as a percentage of the US population and the Hispanic portion of the US population grows this trend will continue. Out of all groups of single women in the United States Hispanic single women have the highest fertility rate.

What we are seeing is "family values" Jorge W. Bush style. For Democrats who are truly patriotic this trend is bad news and should be reason for Democrats to oppose Hispanic immigration. But for Democrats who are partisans who just want more voters for their party this trend is great news. Poorer lower class Hispanic single moms will reliably vote for the donkey over the elephant.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 November 21 10:09 PM  Civilizations Decay

John S Bolton said at November 22, 2006 2:09 AM:

A lot of this could be avoided by not letting foreign women come to America for giving birth to a citizen who can later sponsor her.
If you're having a baby to get something like a green card, being married first will to a great many of them seem unimportant.
With 'family values' like this slopping over the Rio Grande, and being exulted over by the president, it should be all the more clear why it has to be America first.
Family first can mean enemy families first, and America and civilization, last.
Mexican-family-firsters in the administration should beware the righteous anger of the decent families of America.

Half Sigma said at November 22, 2006 12:07 PM:

It's interesting that Asian women have much lower percentage of unmarried births compared to non-Hispanic whites.

Dareano said at November 22, 2006 1:49 PM:

Half Sigma, single motherhood is negatively correlated with IQ within a group so why not between groups as well? Blacks have the lowest average IQ and the highest percentage of births to unwed mothers, Asian women have the highest average IQ's and the lowerst percentage of births to unwed.

It is obvious that having a child at a young age without a father is a very stupid decision. Is it a surprise to anyone that the stupid are more likely to make stupid decisions.

(Vicente) Fox Hound said at November 22, 2006 2:05 PM:

Dareano, I thought average East Asian IQ's were not significantly higher than those of Whites, and that Whites had superior visual-spatial abilities.

The problem I see for whites is cultural now. Genetics and nutirition are the limit for one's IQ, not the starting point. It's like fuel efficiency in a car. Car "A" may be capable of getting 35 mpg, but that's only under optimal conditions. East Asians in America are operating at peak efficiency. They're driving on flat ground at 60 mph on Interstate 80 in Iowa. Whites are driving Car "B" capable of 33 mpg, but they're now driving through the surface streets of New York City in bad traffic (imitating black culture).

birch barlow said at November 22, 2006 3:07 PM:

In _The Bell Curve_ I believe it is stated that blacks have considerably higher illegitamacy rates than whites even after controlling for IQ. This may be due simply to identifying with a culture more dominated by low-IQ people, or because of directly genetically influenced differences in personality (with blacks being more brash than others even after controlling for IQ).

birch barlow said at November 22, 2006 3:14 PM:

East Asians actually are strongest in visuo-spatial and mathematical components of intelligence. Also, the overall IQ of NE Asians, based on various sources, seems to range 3-7 points higher than the white average. I would also add that E Asians tend to outperform other groups academically, even after controlling for IQ (for example, East Asian college admissions are significantly higher than would be expected based on IQ alone).

Ignacio said at November 23, 2006 12:03 PM:

Has anyone stopped to think that the "No sex until marriage/Contraceptives are evil" culture supported by El Presidente Jorgito may be helping to the rate increases?

crush41 said at November 23, 2006 7:07 PM:

I wonder why the rate of growth in single-mother births grew the fastest for Asians, followed by whites, then Hispanics, and the least in the case of blacks. Any thoughts?

Randall Parker said at November 23, 2006 7:33 PM:


Blacks already have 68% or 70% (forget what is the current number) of babies born out of wedlock. They do not have a lot of room to get worse on this score. Whereas the Asians and whites do still have a long way to fall. Also, more affluent white and Asian women can more easily afford single motherhood.

Omer K said at November 23, 2006 10:22 PM:

With the welfare system... any woman can easily 'afford' being a single mother... because they are relying on other more upstanding citizens to foot the bill.

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