Virginia Fertility Statistics

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The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes estimates on fertility in Virginia each year. The survey asks women in between 15 and 50 years old if they have given birth in the past 12 months.  

Based on a representative survey sample, the ACS reports estimated counts of new mothers across Virginia. These counts are further broken down by various other characteristics—perhaps most notably by new mothers' marital status.

How has the number of new mothers in Virginia changed over the years?

How many new mothers in Virginia are teenagers?

How many new mothers in Virginia receive public assistance?

Public assistance income includes supplemental security income (SSI), SNAP, WIC, TANF, and general assistance.

How many new mothers in Virginia are foreign-born?

Foreign-born refers to individuals who were not born in the United States.  This includes those who became U.S. citizens through naturalization. 

How does education vary among new mothers in Virginia?

Education refers to the highest level of schooling attained.

Note: Use the time-slider beneath the chart to view data from different years.

How many new mothers in Virginia are in, or near, poverty? 

The federal poverty threshold is set each year by the Census Bureau. The threshold varies based family size, but does not vary from location to location.

About the Data

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The population considered in this report only includes women between 15 and 50 years and have given birth in the past 12 months. The following tables are used:

• New Mothers & New Mothers (Age 15-19): Table B13002

• Received Public Assistance: Table B13015

• Foreign-Born: Table B13008

• Educational Attainment: Table B13014

• Poverty Status: Table B13010

This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.