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Society and Culture

The good news/bad news story about nonmarital births

Every August since 2009 has seen a spate of news stories telling us the good news that the rate of nonmarital births has fallen. And so it has done, from a high of 51.8 births per 1,000 unmarried women in 2007–2008 to 44.8 in 2013. But during the same period, the ratio of nonmarital births—the percentage of live births that have been to single women—has been nearly flat, standing at 39.7% in 2007 and 40.6% percent 2013. read more >