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Fertility of American Women: June 2004

P20-555
Jane Lawler Dye

Introduction

This report describes fertility patterns of American women and is based on data collected in the June 2004 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Unlike fertility statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which are compiled from birth certificates, CPS data are collected from two survey questions asked of women 15 to 44 years old: (1) “How many children have you ever had?” and (2) “What is the date of birth of your last child?” The report provides estimates of recent fertility and nonmarital childbearing, highlighting differences among women by race, Hispanic origin, and nativity status.

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Source and Accuracy

Current Population Survey

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