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Utah

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

Utah has the highest fertility rate in the United States: in 2006, about one of every 12 Utah women of childbearing age gave birth (83 per 1,000), versus 1 in 18 (54.9 per 1,000) nationally. Utah mothers are younger than average, with a mean age of 23.9 years of age versus the national average of 25. Among women giving birth in 2006, compared to other U.S. states, Utah also had the lowest percentage who were unmarried (14.3 percent versus the national average of 28.4 percent), the lowest percentage of mothers in the workforce (46.6 percent versus 57.3 percent nationally), the lowest percentage receiving cash public assistance (17.5 percent versus a national average of 30.8 percent) and ranked sixth lowest for childbearing women who lived below ...

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