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1960 Census: Supplementary Reports: Children Ever Born to Women 15 to 44 Years Old, for the United States: 1960


The table presented here is a preprint of table 8l from Final Report PC(1)-1C, which contains additional summary information on the social and economic characteristics of the population.

Women of childbearing age in 1960 had borne 25 percent more children, on the average, than women of the same age range in 1950. Among women 15 to 44 years old, the average number of children ever born per l,000 women was 1,746 for conterminous United States as compared with 1,395 in 1950 and 1,214 in 1940.

Women 25 to 34 years old in 1960 had borne 36 percent more children than women in the same age group in 1950. The corresponding increases were 23 percent for women 15 to 24 years old and 17 percent tor women 35 to 44 years old. The two younger 10-year age groups in 1960 included a much larger proportion of women who participated in the post-World War II trend toward earlier marriage and earlier childbearing than did the oldest age group.

The women 35 to 44 years old in 1960 had an average of 2,466 children per 1,000 and probably had completed about 95 percent of their eventual lifetime childbearing. A lifetime average of about 2,140 is needed, nationally, for the replacement of the population, given the low death rates of recent years. The figures above relate to women of all marital classes, including single women, who--tor the purpose of computing fertility rates--are assumed to be childless.

The PDF to the right contains the 3-page report.


A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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