Babies Born to Unmarried Women: Miss. 53.2%; La. 52%; N.M. 51.1%...

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 20, 2018 | 11:36am EST
The Mississippi state capitol (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - In three states—Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico—a majority of the babies born in 2016 were born to unmarried mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In another 19 states, more than 40 percent of the babies born in 2016 were born to unmarried mothers.

Only three states in the union had fewer than 30 percent of the babies born there in 2016 born to unmarried mothers.

Mississippi led all states in the union for the percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers in 2016. There were 37,928 babies born in the state during the year, according to the CDC, and 20,173—or 53.2 percent—of them were to unmarried women.

Louisiana ranked second with 63,178 babies born in 2016 and 32,883—or 52 percent—were born to unmarried mothers.

New Mexico ranked third with 24,692 babies born in 2016 and 12,621—51.1 percent—were born to unmarried mothers.

Nevada ranked fourth with 36,260 births in 2016 and 17,323—or 47.8 percent—were born to unmarried mothers.

The three states that had less than 30 percent of its babies in 2016 born to unmarried mothers were Utah (18.6 percent), Colorado (22.5 percent) and Idaho (27.6 percent).

California, the nation’s most populous state, had the largest number of babies born to unmarried mothers (186,851) in 2016, but it also had the largest overall number of births (488,837), according to the CDC. So, the percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers in California was 38.2 percent—ranking the state at 29th for unmarried births.

Texas had the second largest number of babies born to unmarried mothers (164,551) in 2016, but it 398,047 births overall. So, the percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers in Texas was 41.3 percent—ranking the state 19th.

Florida had the third largest number of unmarried births (105,537) in 2016. It had 225,022 total births during the year, making the percentage of births to unmarried mothers 46.9 percent—ranking the state 5th.

Nationwide, there were 3,945,875 babies born in 2016 in the United States and 1,569,796—or 39.8 percent—were born to unmarried mothers.

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