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QuickStats: Average Age of Mothers at First Birth, by State --- United States, 2002

Table 3

The average age of mothers at first birth increased steadily during the preceding 30 years, to 25.1 years in 2002, an all-time high for the nation. In 2002, by state, the average age of mothers at first birth ranged from 23 years to 28 years. Mothers living in northeastern states were the oldest at first birth; mothers living in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming were the youngest. Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr52/nvsr52_19acc.pdf.

SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, annual file; 2003. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm.



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