Andrea Caumont and Wendy Wang of Pew Research dug up all kinds of facts and figures about motherhood in our nation. According to a U.S. Census report in 2012:
- There are more than 85 million moms in the U.S., and 4 million of them gave birth in the last 12 months.
- Utah leads the nation with a fertility rate of 2.5, while Vermont is last with 1.6.
- There are ten million single moms, and 5.2. million of them are custodial parents who are owed child support.
- Almost twice as many American women who are done childbearing had no children (19%) vs those who had four or more (10%).
Pew also reports:
- Mothers who work are more likely to think they’re doing a good job parenting than stay-at-home moms.
- Working moms are still doing proportionally more childcare and housework, even though dads are doing more work outside the home.
- More moms say they want to work full-time, especially unmarried mothers.
- While women feel that being a parent has had a significant impact on their career, most don’t regret it.
And Ipsos reports that cards top the list on Mother’s Day, followed by phone calls and dining out . . . and women are more likely to celebrate mom than men.
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