Societal changes drive public policy.  These shifts include an aging population; the growth of high tech and service sector jobs; evolving views on race, ethnicity, and immigration; and changes in family structure.  Pew studies these attitudes and trends and their impact through the use of original public opinion survey research, along with social, economic, and demographic data analysis.  Pew’s work includes a major study of the millennial generation and the distinct path it is forging toward adulthood, with fewer ties to traditional religious and political institutions and more use of social media to build personal networks.

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  • Methodology

    • October 26, 2016

    Datasets Analyses in this report are primarily based on two sources: vital statistics data regarding births in the U.S., available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and data regarding women ages 15 to 49 who gave birth in the U.S. in the preceding 12 months, available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community […] Read More

  • Acknowledgments

    • October 26, 2016

    This report is a collaborative effort based on the contributions and analysis of the following individuals: Gretchen Livingston, Senior Researcher Kim Parker, Director, Social Trends Research Claudia Deane, Vice President of Research D’Vera Cohn, Senior Writer Anna Brown, Research Analyst Molly Rohal, Communications Manager Michael Keegan, Information Graphics Designer Shannon Greenwood, Associate Digital Producer Marcia […] Read More

  • 4. Among foreign-born new moms from top sending locations, big differences in demographic characteristics

    • October 26, 2016

    While the profile of new mothers varies by the region of the world in which they were born, even more dramatic differences emerge when comparing mothers from the top 10 countries,25 all of which are located in Latin America and Asia. Generally, new mothers from the top Asian countries are more likely to be married, highly […] Read More

  • 3. Foreign-born moms have a different demographic profile than U.S.-born moms, and among the foreign born there are sharp differences tied to region of birth

    • October 26, 2016

    The differences between foreign-born new mothers and U.S.-born new mothers extend well beyond marital status. In addition to being older than their U.S.-born counterparts, foreign-born mothers have relatively low levels of educational attainment and labor force participation, which may contribute to their lower annual family incomes, and higher rates of poverty. In recent years, while […] Read More

  • 2. Births outside of marriage on the decline for immigrant women

    • October 26, 2016

    Births to unmarried mothers have been more common among the U.S. born than the foreign born for at least 30 years, but the gap between these two groups has grown markedly in the past decade, from 2004 to 2014. In 1984, the first year for which data are available by mother’s nativity and marital status, […] Read More

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