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Montana

  • By: Justin Corfield
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

A number of Native American tribes, including the Cheyenne, Crow, and Blackfeet, lived in Montana before it became part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was not until 1889 that Montana was admitted into the Union, and is the fourth largest state, after Alaska, California, and Texas. In the state, the birth rate is 13.2, well below the national average of 14.1, and the fertility rate is 2.1 children per woman, only slightly more than the U.S. average. There are, on average, 2.4 people per household in the state, lower than the U.S. average of 2.6 people. Single-parent households (children under 18 years and one adult) represented 7.6 of households in the state. In 2007, the divorce rate was 4.9 ...

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