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Latest Numbers on Unmarried Births



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The federal government released its latest figures on births (“Preliminary Data for 2010”) yesterday. The illegitimacy numbers by race and ethnicity are essentially the same as last year’s. More than 7 out of 10 African Americans (72.5 percent) are born out of wedlock, along with more than 6 out of 10 American Indians and Alaska Natives (65.6 percent), and more than 5 out of 10 Hispanics (53.3 percent) — versus fewer than 3 out of 10 whites (29.0 percent) and fewer than 2 out of 10 Asians and Pacific Islanders (17.0 percent). Disturbingly high for all groups (the composite figure is 40.8 percent), but do you notice any connection between these demographic-by-demographic numbers and how each group is doing educationally, economically, criminally, etc.?



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