Number of children born to unmarried, cohabiting parents at record high

March 11, 2015 11:53 AM

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Number of children born to unmarried, cohabiting parents at record high

The U.S. is seeing a steady rise in children born to unmarried, cohabiting couples—a trend that reflects a societal shift away from single parenthood but whose economic implications may not be much better.

Just over a quarter of births to women of child-bearing age—defined here as 15 to 44 years old—in the past five years were to cohabiting couples, the highest on record and nearly double the rate from a decade earlier, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2011...

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