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For Immediate Release: May 9, 2006
Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286

Birth and Fertility Rates for States by Hispanic Origin Subgroups: United States, 1990 and 2000

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new report, "Birth and Fertility Rates for States by Hispanic Origin
Subgroups: United States, 1990 and 2000."

The report, from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, is the first-ever comprehensive look at birth and fertility rates among the growing U.S. Hispanic population, and contains detailed findings by state showing trends in births and fertility rates among Hispanics in the United States in 1990 and again in 2000. The data are based on U.S.
Census Bureau information, which is collected every 10 years.

  • Overall, the states with the fastest growing Hispanic population
    are Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. These four
    states lead the nation in increases in the number of total live births
    among Hispanic mothers.
  • Mexican mothers had the highest fertility rate among Hispanics
    in the United States, followed by Puerto Rican mothers and Cuban
    mothers.
  • The states with the highest fertility rate among Mexican mothers
    are North Carolina and Georgia.
  • The states with the highest fertility rate among Puerto Rican
    mothers are Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
  • Among all populations Cuban mothers have the lowest total
    fertility rate, having an average of 1.5 births in their lifetimes compared to the total U.S. birth rate of 2.1.

The report can be accessed at the CDC/NCHS web site at www.cdc.gov/nchs.

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