Request for Question Clarification by
30 Sep 2005 19:17 PDT
A large part of the research for this question appears to have been
carried out already by the Census Bureau, in their release of
mom-related statistics for Mother's Day, 2005. Included in the Census
fact sheet are the following:
How Many Mothers
Estimated number of mothers of all ages in the United States.
Percentage of women in Mississippi, ages 15 to 44, who are mothers.
This is among the highest rates among states.
The national average is 56 percent.
Percentage of women 40 to 44 years old who are mothers.
In 1976, 90 percent of women in that age group were mothers.
Number of women who have babies each year.
Of this number, about 425,000 are teens ages 15 to 19, and more than
100,000 are age 40 or over.
Average age of women when they give birth for the first time ? a record high.
The average age has risen nearly four years since 1970.
Percentage of births that are the mother?s first.
Another 32 percent are the second-born; 17 percent, third; and 11
percent, fourth or more.
The number of single mothers living with children under 18 years old,
up from 3 million in 1970.
Number of births in 2002 attended by physicians, midwives or others
that do not occur in hospitals.
The odds of a woman delivering twins.
Her odds of having triplets or other multiple births was approximately 1-in-540.
The most popular month in which to have a baby, with 359,000 births
taking place that month in 2002.
July, with 358,000, was just a shade behind.
The most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, with an
average of almost 13,000 births taking place on Tuesdays during 2002.
How Many Children
Average number of children that women today can expect to have in their lifetime.
Average number of children...that women in Utah and Alaska can expect
to have in their lifetime.
These two states top the nation in average number of births per woman.
Only about 10 percent of women today end their childbearing years with
four or more children. That compares with 36 percent in 1976.
Among mothers with infant children in 2002, the percentage in the
labor force, down from a record 59 percent in 1998.
This marks the first significant decline in this rate since the Census
Bureau began calculating this measure in 1976. In that year, 31
percent of mothers with infants were in the labor force.
Among college-educated women with infant children, the percentage in
the labor force.
More than 687,000
Number of child day-care centers across the country in 2002. These
include nearly 69,000 centers employing close to 750,000 workers and
another 618,000 self-employed persons or other companies without paid
employees. Many mothers turn to these centers to help juggle
motherhood and career.
About 2 million
Among more than 10 million preschoolers, the number who are cared for
in a day-care center during the bulk of their mother?s working hours.
Number of stay-at-home moms in 2003. Thirty-nine percent of these
mothers were under the age of 35.
Beyond these factoids -- which cover quite a few of the categories you
listed in your question -- can you give me an idea of what particular
sorts of information about mothers you would like to have.
Let me know,