The link between marriage and childbearing has become weaker over time (Hayford, Guzzo, & Smock, 2014). In fact, the share of births to unmarried women accounted for almost 40% of all births in 2018 (Martin et al., 2019). Using 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) data, this profile examines the demographic characteristics of currently married and unmarried women aged 15 to 50 who had a birth within the last 12 months. This profile is an update to FP-13-10.
Schweizer, Valerie J., "FP-20-17 Women Who Gave Birth Within the Past 12 Months, 2018" (2020). National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles. 234.
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