Washington, Mar. 16 (ANI): Almost half of first babies in the US are being born outside of wedlock, a new report has revealed.
The report also said that the average age of marriage has increased to 26.5 years old for women and 28.7 years old for men, up from ages 23 and 26 in 1990, respectively but, the median age of first birth for a woman is now 25.7, which means about 48 percent of first births are born to unwed mothers, CBS News reported.
The data presented in a report titled ‘Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America,’ was sponsored by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the RELATE Institute and information was compiled from a number of studies and government surveys.
Researchers believe that nowadays many couples are waiting to get married because of economic and cultural reasons, as many jobs for US citizens, who may not have higher education, no longer exist.
In addition, many young adults view marriage as a “capstone” instead of a “cornerstone” in their lives, which means that they wait until they have everything else in place including a job before they get married.
Forty-four percent of American women will give birth by the time they are 25, but only 38 percent are married by that age and by 30, two-thirds of women will have had a child out of wedlock.
The average age of first birth for women, who drop out of high school is 20, while their average marriage age is 25 and eighty-three percent of first births to non-high school graduates are to unwed mothers.
The biggest rise in unmarried pregnancy is among the 54 percent of “middle American” women, which includes women who have graduated high school and completed some college but do not have a degree.
In this group, the average age of having first child is 24, and they are married at 27 and fifty-eight percent of the first births in this group are to unwed mothers. (ANI)