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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Mother�s Day: May 8, 2016"

Press Release Number CB16-FF.09 *UPDATED*

Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis became the driving force behind Mother’s Day and asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

How Many Mothers

43.5 million

Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who have children. These mothers gave birth to 95.8 million children.

3.9 million

Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months.


Percentage of women age 15 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were unmarried.

How Many Children


Number of births per 1,000 women age 15-44 in 2014, up slightly (less than 1 percent) from 2013.


Percentage of women age 15 to 50 who have had two children. About 42.4 percent had no children, 17 percent had one, 11.7 percent had three, and about 6.8 percent had four or more.

Characteristics of Women with a Recent Birth

3.988 million

The number of registered births in 2014, which was 1 percent more than in 2013. Of this number, 249,078 were to teens 15 to 19.


Percentage of women age 16 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were in the labor force.


The percentage of women who had given birth in the past 12 months who had a bachelor’s degree or higher.


Percentage of women age 15 to 50 who gave birth in the past year and who have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. 


Number of births in the past year per 1,000 women age 15 to 50 with a graduate or professional degree. The number was 55 per 1,000 for women whose highest level of education was a bachelor’s degree.

Noah and Emma

The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 2014.

Mothers Celebrated


Number of florists nationwide in 2014. The 61,170 employees in floral shops across our nation will be especially busy preparing, selling and delivering floral arrangements for Mother’s Day.


Number of employees of greeting-card publishers in 2014


The number of cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores nationwide in 2014. Perfume is a popular gift given on Mother’s Day.


Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2014 — the place to purchase necklaces, earrings and other timeless pieces for mom.

Stay-at-Home Moms

5.2 million

Number of stay-at-home moms in married couple family groups in 2015.

Taking Care of the Kids


Number of people employed at one of the 74,344 child day care services across the country in 2014. In addition, there were 688,728 child day care services without paid employees in 2013. Many mothers turn to these centers to help juggle motherhood and careers.

*New statistics will be available at the end of May for Nonemployer Statistics.*

Single Moms

9.9 million

The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 1985.


Number of women age 15 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months and were living with a cohabiting partner.

The following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:

Black (African American) History Month (February)
Super Bowl
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
      St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Earth Day (April 22)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Older Americans Month (May)
Mother's Day
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
Father's Day
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)
Labor Day
Grandparents Day
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day
The Holiday Season (December)

Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.


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