The U.S. Census Bureau released new tables and figures today using the 2014 Current Population Survey’s Fertility Supplement, which includes fertility and relationship data for women age 15 to 50. The tables include information on children ever born, rates of childlessness, and relationship status at first birth for women with selected demographic characteristics. In addition, the tables and figures show historical trends in fertility.
· Just under 60 percent of the roughly 75 million women age 15 to 50 in 2014 were mothers and had given birth to about 95 million children.
· About one in five women whose first birth occurred between January 2000 and June 2014 were cohabiting at the time of that first birth.
· Women age 40 to 50 in 2014 who were in managerial or professional occupations were more likely to be childless than women of similar age in other occupations.
· The number of women age 40 to 44 who had only one child roughly doubled between 1976 and 2014.
· The percent of women who were 44 to 50 and childless is not different from the percent of women who were 40 to 44 and childless, suggesting that women who are childless at age 40 are unlikely to give birth later.
· Among women age 20 to 50, those in the Northeast had fewer children per 1,000 women than did those in the South, Midwest or West.
The 2014 fertility tables can be found here.
Historical tables and figures can be found here.