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Delaware

  • By: Sarah E. Boslaugh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Delaware is the one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the United States. It ranks 49th in area and 45th in population, but sixth in population density. The population is predominantly white (76 percent in 2005) with the largest minority group (21.5 percent) being African American. 23.8 percent of the population is aged 18 or younger, placing Delaware 31st in the United States. In 2006, 11,988 children were born in Delaware, for a birth rate of 14.0 per 1,000 population and a fertility rate of 67.3 per 1,000 women aged 15–44. Total fertility rate (an estimate of the number of children born to each woman in her lifetime) in 2003 was 2.0, the same for the United States as a whole.

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