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Births to unmarried women in United States

Births to unmarried women

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definition and Source



Births occurring to women who were unmarried at the time of the birth.

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics microdata files. Data for California come from supplemental Internet tables within the published report, Births: Final Data.


S - Estimates suppressed when NCHS reporting standards not met.

N.A. - Data not available.

Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts. Cities for which data are collected may change over time.

Beginning in 2018, due to state statutory restrictions, California no longer provides record-level data on the marital status of the mother for births occurring in California to California residents and non-residents (including residents of other states). Due to this change, data for selected cities are not available.

Last Updated

April 2024