Single family statistics

Today’s installment of the Daily Journal’s “State of Our Schools” series includes a look at the rising percentage of Mississippi babies who are being born to unmarried mothers. Below is the data that accompanied that story.

Births to Unmarried Mothers:

Percentage of Mississippi babies born to unmarried mothers through the years:

Total

1962: 14.4

1976: 23.7

1980: 28.0

1990: 40.5

2000: 46.0

2008: 54.4

2011: 54.4

White

1962: 1.5

1976: 4.2

1980: 5.9

1990: 13.3

2000: 21.7

2008: 33.7

2011: 31.8

Black:

1962: 25.7 (Includes all non-white babies)

1976: 46.4

1980: 52.3

1990: 69.9

2000: 75.1

2008: 80.5

2011: 81.8

Source: National Vital Statistics Reports

 

STATUS OF PARENTS BY INCOME, 2012

According to the 2012 Census, births to unmarried mothers are much more common in low-income households than in higher income ones.

Mississippi: 40,342 babies born…50.4% married parents, 49.5% unmarried parents

Poverty line and below: 16,809 babies…25.4% married parents, 74.6% unmarried parents

100-200% poverty line: 9,246 babies…55.8% married parents, 44.2% unmarried parents

>200% poverty line: 14,287 babies…76.6% married parents, 23.4% unmarried parents

Of the 20,377 babies born to married parents:

53.7% were to households at least 200% above the poverty line

25.3% were to households between 100% and 200% of poverty line

21.0% were to households at or below the poverty line

Of the 19,965 babies born to unmarried parents:

62.8% were to households at or below the poverty line

20.5% were to households between 100% and 200% of the poverty line

16.7% were to households at least 200% above the poverty line

Source: 2012 American Community Survey, 1-year estimate

(NOTE: The above data appeared with the following story: Changing families: Number of state’s single mothers rises rapidly

To view the entire “State of Our Schools” series visit: http://educationmatters.djournal.com/state-of-our-schools/)

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