Daily Digit: Women are waiting longer to start having kids, but they're having more of them

Sam Matthews

Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today, we’re looking at motherhood in America. According to a recent study from Pew, the average age of first-time moms is now 26.4 years — a three-year increase from 1994, when the data began to be collected. The rise is due in part to a rapid decline in teen pregnancies over the last three decades but is also attributed to increased educational attainment and workforce participation among women. However, while women are waiting longer to become moms, they are having more children. Women ages 40 to 44 now have an average of 2.07 children, up from 1.86 just a decade ago.