Census Report: More women opting out of motherhood

Census Report: More women opting out of motherhood

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2014 fertility data, and it turns out more and more women are choosing not to have children.

Just under 60 percent of the roughly 75 million women age 15 to 50 in 2014 were mothers and had given birth to about 95 million children, according to the data.

That means nearly half of women between the ages of 15 and 44 didn't have kids in 2014, the highest number since the statistics started being measured in 1970.

The decline may be linked back to the wide use of birth control and contraception. When the statistics were first being measured, birth control had only been around for about ten years. With contraception being widely used and easy to access, women can now choose when they want to become pregnant.

However, career goals can also be determining factor in the decline, according to the data.

The report confirmed that women age 40 to 50 in 2014 who were in managerial or professional occupations were more likely to be childless than women of similar age in other occupations.

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