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Nonmarital Births by County, New Jersey, 2022

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Nonmarital Births by County, New Jersey, 2022

Why Is This Important?

Nonmarital births are at higher risk of having adverse birth outcomes such as low birthweight, preterm birth, and infant mortality than are children born to married women.[https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr48/nvs48_16.pdf ^1^] Children born to single mothers typically have more limited social and financial resources.[https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/misc/wedlock.pdf ^2^]

Definition

Marital status was determined by response to the following questions on the birth certificate: *For years 1970-1978 - Legitimate? *For years 1979-1988 - Is mother married? *For years after 1988 - Mother married? (At birth, conception, or any time between)

Data Notes

Warren County has a large proportion (14.6%) of records missing mother's marital status. Records with unknown status were removed from the denominator for all counties, NJ, and the US, however results for Warren County should be interpreted with caution.

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of live births to unmarried mothers
  • Denominator:

    Total number of live births with known marital status

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Health Topic Pages Related to: Nonmarital Births

Indicator Data Last Updated On 04/09/2024, Published on 04/09/2024
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, e-mail: chs@doh.nj.gov (https://www.nj.gov/health/chs)