Fact TankDecember 11, 2015

Twins, triplets and more: More U.S. births are multiples than ever before

The share of multiples born in the U.S. is at an all-time high. In 2014, 3.5% of all babies born were twins, triplets or higher-order multiples, new data show.

Fact TankNovember 20, 2015

Without one-child policy, China still might not see baby boom, gender balance

China’s rapid economic development, its urbanization and its culture will continue to play a role in family size and the population’s gender makeup.

Fact TankJune 24, 2015

Today’s multiracial babies reflect America’s changing demographics

To get a sense of how the country’s racial demographics are changing, take a look at the differences between mixed-race Americans old and young.

Fact TankJune 19, 2015

College-educated men take their time becoming dads

The likelihood of becoming a young father plummets for those with a bachelor’s degree or more: Just 14% had their first child prior to age 25.

Fact TankJune 17, 2015

Share of births to unmarried women dips, reversing a long trend

In 2014, 40% of births were to unmarried mothers, a slight decline from the 41% share that had held steady since 2008. Although the single percentage point drop in 2014 was small, it was only the third one-year dip in this measure since the end of World War II.

Fact TankMay 21, 2015

Americans are aging, but not as fast as people in Germany, Italy and Japan

At least one-in-five people in Japan, Germany and Italy are already aged 65 or older, and most other European countries are close behind.

Fact TankMarch 31, 2015

Working while pregnant is much more common than it used to be

The latest figures show that 66% of mothers who gave birth to their first child between 2006 and 2008 worked during pregnancy, up from 44% in the early 1960s.

Fact TankFebruary 24, 2015

Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? It depends

There are three main ways to measure fertility. None of them is “right” or “wrong,” but each tells a different story about when births bottomed out.

Fact TankJanuary 15, 2015

For most highly educated women, motherhood doesn’t start until the 30s

More than half (54%) of mothers near the end of their childbearing years with at least a master’s degree had their first child after their 20s. In fact, one-fifth didn’t become mothers until they were at least 35. Some 28% became moms in their late 20s, and 18% had children earlier in their lives.

Fact TankDecember 22, 2014

Fewer than half of U.S. kids today live in a ‘traditional’ family

Just 46% of U.S. kids under 18 are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage, a marked change from 1960.