A report by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates women who have a college degree are likely to delay having children into their 30s, resulting in a "delayer boom."
The finding comes from a comparison of the 2000 and 2010 Fertility Supplements to the Current Population Survey.
In 2000, women with less than a high school education had three times as many births as women with at least a bachelor’s degree.
By 2010, the education level of these women -- now 10 years older -- made less of a difference in their total number of children than it did in 2000, although more highly educated women still had fewer children overall.
Women 35 to 44 -- corresponding with the 25- to 34-year-old group in 2000 -- with at least a bachelor’s degree had 1.7 births, while women who had less than a high school education had 2.5 births, the Census reports.
Other highlights from the report include:
* Foreign-born women were more likely to have had a baby than were native-born women by the time they reached age 40 to 44, at 87 percent compared with 80 percent.
* More than half (55 percent) of women who had a child in the past year were in the labor force. Of those women, about a third (34 percent) were working full time, 14 percent were working part time and 7 percent were unemployed.
* Almost one-quarter (23 percent) of women with a birth in the past year reported living in households with family incomes of at least $75,000. At the other end of the income scale, about one in five (21 percent) were living in families with incomes under $20,000.
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