Friday, May 9, 2008

Hispanic women born in the United States are more likely to have children out of wedlock than women who are immigrant Hispanics or non-Hispanics

Half of all births to Hispanic women born in this country were to single mothers, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. About 35% of immigrant Hispanic women who gave birth were unmarried, nearly equal to the rate for non-Hispanic women. Hispanic women generally, both U.S.-born and immigrants, have higher fertility rates than non Hispanics — 84 births per 1,000 Hispanic women compared with 63 per 1,000 non-Hispanic women. Hispanics are now 15.1% of the U.S. population, according to Census data.

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