TAMPA (CBS Tampa) — A new report issued by the Census Bureau indicates that the chances of a woman giving birth out of wedlock decrease as her educational achievements increase.

The report, released Wednesday, indicates that the percentages of births that occurred throughout 2011 in women ages 15 through 50 decreased as they attained higher levels of education.

For example, 57 percent of women who had not earned a high school diploma gave birth without being married in 2011. Out of women in the same age range who gave birth and had a bachelor’s degree, however, only 8.8 percent were said to be unmarried.

The data collected by the Census Bureau also indicates that the likelihood of childbirth outside the bonds of marriage decreased as age and income increased.

A reported 68.9 percent of births to mothers whose household incomes were $10,000 or less were not married, while only 9 percent of women with household incomes of $200,000 or more were unmarried when they had their children. Similarly, 86.1 percent of women in the 15-19 age range were unwed mothers, while 27.6 percent of new mothers in the 45-50 age range were also not married.

Researchers with the Census Bureau additionally examined the various races of unwed mothers. Of the mothers accounted for, a reported 67.8 percent of Black respondents were unwed. Conversely, just 11.3 percent of Asian mothers were not married when they gave birth.

In all, 35.7 percent of the 4.1 million women who had children in 2011 said they were unmarried at the time.

In Florida, 40 percent of the 206,786 births from the same year were nonmarital – a reported 82,756 births in all. The Sunshine State was only second to Washington, D.C. in that regard, where 50.8 percent of births occurred out of wedlock.


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