The state of Alabama closely resembles the general U.S. population in some statistical indices of motherhood, but varies widely in others. For example, 49.7 percent of all Alabama households were married-couple families, and 39.6 percent of those families had children of their own under 18 years; the comparable figures for all households in the United States were 49.8 percent and 43.5 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) for 2005 through 2007. In Alabama, 14.5 percent of all households were headed by women with no husband present, and 57.8 percent of those households had children under 18. In the United States, those figures were 12.5 and 59.6 percent, respectively. The average family size in Alabama was 3.04 persons, just slightly lower ...

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