48% of First Births are to Single Mothers
Some 48 percent of first births in America are now to unmarried women.
The playground rhyme about “first comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes the baby in the baby carriage” no longer applies to most young Americans — unless they earn a college degree,
This means “the nation is at a tipping point, on the verge of moving into a new demographic reality, where the majority of first births in the United States precede marriage,”
This emerging trend is alarming, as social scientists have long linked unwed childbearing with poverty, family instability, school failure, substance abuse and mental-health problems.
But one aspect is clear: Education is a major factor in this issue of marriage and childbearing.
- Women who are high-school dropouts, for instance, typically have their first children around age 20 and marry around age 25.
- Women who finished high school — but not college — typically have their first child around age 24 and marry around age 26.
- In contrast, young women who finish college tend to follow the script in the playground rhyme and typically marry by age 27 and have their first child around age 30.
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV