The U.S. Census Bureau  has been crunching some numbers in honor of Mother’s Day to paint us a portrait on motherhood, circa now of the 85.4 million mothers in the United States as of 2008.
If you’re looking for which states have the highest birthrates, the data tell you to go to Utah where there were 2.6 children born per woman, while the lowest birthrate was in Vermont with 1.7 children per woman. Nationwide, the birthrate is 2 children per woman.
There are more twin births, according to the 2008 data, with 32.6 twin births for every 1,000, representing “the highest rate on record,” the Census Bureau reported, while the number of triplet and higher order multiples dropped to the lowest number in more than 10 years with 6,268.
Sixty-one percent of women who’d recently given birth and went to work increased to 61 percent in 2008, as compared to 57 percent in 2006, and the number of at-home mothers decreased from 5.1 million in 2009 to 5 million in 2010, the Census Bureau said.
Most interesting stat: “The number of births in the past year per 1,000 women 15 to 50 with a graduate or professional degree was 71. These women have a higher fertility rate than those with any other level of education.” (May 2011)