California has the fourth-oldest new mothers on average

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California has the fourth-oldest new mothers on average

  • New York has the oldest new mothers on average, with a birth rate of 17.5 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group.
  • California has the fourth oldest new mothers on average, with a birth rate of 16 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group.
  • New Jersey has the second oldest new mothers on average, with 17 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group, while Hawaii is third, with 16.5 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group.
  • Arkansas has the youngest new mothers on average, with a birth rate of 26.5 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group, nearly twice the national average.

A new study has revealed that California is the state with the fourth oldest new mothers on average.

Birth injury law firm Birth Injury Lawyers Group analyzed the latest birth rate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine which state had the youngest and oldest new mothers. The states with the youngest mothers were determined by the estimated birth rate of the combined 15- to 19-year-old age group, and the state with the oldest mothers was determined by the estimated birth rate of the 40- to 44-year-old age group. Birth rates are the number of births per 1,000 women in a specified age group, estimated in each area.

 

The states with the oldest new mothers on average

1. New York

New York has the oldest new mothers on average, with a birth rate of 17.5 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group. This is 45.8% above the national average birth rate for women in the 40-44 age group. The US average is 12 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group.

 

2. New Jersey

New Jersey has the second oldest new mothers on average, with a birth rate of 17 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group. This birth rate is 41.7% above the national average.

 

3. Hawaii

Hawaii is third, with a birth rate of 16.5 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group, 37.5% more than the national average.

 

4. California

In fourth is California. The Golden State has a birth rate of 16 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group, 33.3% more than the national average of 12 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group.

 

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5. Massachusetts

With a birth rate of 15.4 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group, Massachusetts is fifth for the state with the oldest new mothers on average. Massachusetts’s birth rate is 28.3% above the national average for women in the 40-44 age group.

 

6. Maryland

Maryland is sixth, with a birth rate of 15.3 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group, 27.5% above the national average.

 

7. Alaska and Connecticut

In joint seventh are Alaska and Connecticut, both with a birth rate of 13.3 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group. These birth rates are 10.8% more than the national average.

 

9. Virginia

With a birth rate of 13.2 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group, Virginia is ninth. This is 10% more than the national average for women in the 40-44 age group.

 

10. Rhode Island

In tenth for the state with the oldest new mothers on average is Rhode Island. The Ocean State has a birth rate of 12.7 births per 1,000 women in the 40-44 age group, 5.8% above the national average.

 

Table showing birth rates per 1,000 women in each state and the United States overall in the 40-44 age group

Rank oldest new mothersState40–44 age group birth rate% difference to US average
1.New York17.5+45.8%
2.New Jersey17+41.7%
3.Hawaii16.5+37.5%
4.California16+33.3%
5.Massachusetts15.4+28.3%
6.Maryland15.3+27.5%
=7.Alaska13.3+10.8%
=7.Connecticut13.3+10.8%
9.Virginia13.2+10.0%
10.Rhode Island12.7+5.8%
11.Washington12.6+5.0%
12.Florida12.3+2.5%
13.Colorado12.2+1.7%
14.Illinois11.8-1.7%
15.Delaware11.6-3.3%
16.Minnesota11.5-4.2%
=17.Nevada11.4-5.0%
=17.Oregon11.4-5.0%
19.Texas11.2-6.7%
20.Georgia11-8.3%
21.New Hampshire10.9-9.2%
22.Pennsylvania10.8-10.0%
23.Utah10.7-10.8%
24.North Carolina10.6-11.7%
25.Arizona10.5-12.5%
26.Nebraska10.3-14.2%
27.Vermont10.2-15.0%
28.North Dakota10.1-15.8%
29.Idaho10-16.7%
=30.South Carolina9.7-19.2%
=30.Wisconsin9.7-19.2%
32.Michigan9.4-21.7%
33.Maine9.2-23.3%
34.Tennessee9.1-24.2%
35.Iowa9-25.0%
36.Montana8.9-25.8%
=37.Louisiana8.8-26.7%
=37.New Mexico8.8-26.7%
=37.South Dakota8.8-26.7%
=40.Wyoming8.7-27.5%
=40.Missouri8.7-27.5%
=40.Ohio8.7-27.5%
=40.Kansas8.7-27.5%
44.Indiana8.6-28.3%
45.Kentucky7.8-35.0%
46.Oklahoma7.7-35.8%
47.Arkansas7.5-37.5%
48.Alabama7.3-39.2%
49.Mississippi7.2-40.0%
50.West Virginia6.4-46.7%
United States12

United States value does not include U.S. territories

 

The states with the youngest new mothers on average

1. Arkansas

Arkansas has the youngest new mothers on average, with the highest birth rate in the 15 to 19-year-old age group in America. Arkansas has a birth rate of 26.5 births per 1,000 women in the 15- to 19-year-old age group, a value 90.6% above the national average of 13.9 births per 1,000 women in the 15- to 19-year-old age group.

 

2. Mississippi

Mississippi is second for the youngest new mothers on average, with a birth rate of 25.6 births per 1,000 women in the 15–19 age group. This is 84.2% above the national average.

 

3. Louisiana

Louisiana has the third highest birth rate for women in the 15-19 age group. The Pelican State has a birth rate 76.3% above the national average at 24.5 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group.

 

4. Oklahoma

A birth rate of 24.1 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group sees Oklahoma at fourth for the youngest new mothers on average. This value is 73.4% above the national average birth rate of 13.9 for women in the 15-19 age group.

 

5. Alabama

In fifth is Alabama, with a birth rate of 22.9 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group, 64.7% more than the national average.

 

6. Kentucky

Kentucky has the sixth highest birth rate for women in the 15-19 age group. There are 22.3 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group in the Bluegrass State, 60.4% above the national average.

 

7. Tennessee

Tennessee is seventh, with 21.5 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group, 54.7% above the national average of 13.9 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group.

 

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8. West Virginia

In eighth is West Virginia. The Mountain State’s birth rate for women in the 15-19 age group is 50.4% above the national average at 20.9 births per 1,000.

 

9. Texas

With a birth rate of 20.3 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group, Texas is ninth. The Lone Star state’s figure is 46% above the national average of 13.9 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age bracket.

 

10. New Mexico

Wrapping up the ten states with the youngest new mothers is New Mexico. There are 19 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group in New Mexico, 36.7% above the national average.

 

Table showing birth rates per 1,000 women in each state and the United States overall in the 15-19 age group

Rank youngest new mothersState15–19 age group birth ratePercent difference to US average
1.Arkansas26.5+90.6%
2.Mississippi25.6+84.2%
3.Louisiana24.5+76.3%
4.Oklahoma24.1+73.4%
5.Alabama22.9+64.7%
6.Kentucky22.3+60.4%
7.Tennessee21.5+54.7%
8.West Virginia20.9+50.4%
9.Texas20.3+46.0%
10.New Mexico19+36.7%
11.South Carolina18.3+31.7%
12.Alaska17.5+25.9%
13.Missouri17.1+23.0%
=14.South Dakota17+22.3%
=14.Indiana17+22.3%
16.Georgia16.6+19.4%
17.Kansas16.3+17.3%
=18.North Carolina16+15.1%
=18.Wyoming16+15.1%
20.Ohio15.5+11.5%
21.Nevada15.1+8.6%
21.Arizona15.1+8.6%
23.Nebraska14+0.7%
24.Montana13.6-2.2%
25.Florida13.5-2.9%
25.Delaware13.5-2.9%
27.North Dakota12.9-7.2%
28.Iowa12.7-8.6%
29.Hawaii12.3-11.5%
30.Michigan12.2-12.2%
31.Idaho12-13.7%
32.Virginia11.7-15.8%
33.Pennsylvania11.5-17.3%
34.Colorado11.4-18.0%
35.Maryland11.3-18.7%
36.Illinois11.1-20.1%
=37.Washington10.1-27.3%
=37.Wisconsin10.1-27.3%
39.California9.9-28.8%
40.Utah9.7-30.2%
41.Oregon9.5-31.7%
42.New York9.1-34.5%
43.Minnesota8.5-38.8%
44.New Jersey7.9-43.2%
=45.Rhode Island7.8-43.9%
=45.Maine7.8-43.9%
47.Connecticut7.1-48.9%
48.Vermont6.4-54.0%
49.Massachusetts5.7-59.0%
50.New Hampshire5.4-61.2%
United States13.9

United States value does not include U.S. territories

 

Bob Goldwater from Birth Injury Lawyers Group says:

“The age at which mothers have children can provide insight into many topics that can influence when people decide to have children.

“Overall, women in America tend to have children most frequently between 30 and 34, with women between 25 and 29 having children second most frequently.

“More women are giving birth later in life than in the past as there is less societal pressure to settle down and start a family young, plus modern medicine and health practices allow women to have children more easily at older ages than before. Older mothers may have also chosen to focus on their careers or to wait until they are more secure financially to have their children. These factors are likely to be strongest in New York, which has the highest birth rate for women aged 40-44.

“However, despite these changing societal standards, many children are born to young mothers. This is most pronounced in Arkansas, which has the highest birth rate for women aged 15 to 19.”

Table showing birth rates per 1,000 women in each age group in the United States, excluding U.S. territories

AreaBirth rate10–1415–19 Total15–1718–1920–2425–2930–3435–3940–4445–49
United States110.213.95.626.661.59397.653.7120.9

 

Credit:  https://birthinjurylawyer.com

 Source: Births: Final Data for 2021 Table 8. Birth rates, by age of mother: United States, each state and territory, 2021

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/births.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr72/nvsr72-01.pdf

National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Natality.

Methodology: 15-19 and 40-44 age groups were used in this analysis because the data for age groups younger than 15 years old and older than 44 years old were incomplete due to some estimates not meeting NCHS standards for reliability. Birth rates were determined using population data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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