Differences by race and Hispanic origin*
There are large differences associated with race and Hispanic origin in the share of births to unmarried women, reflecting aspects of culture; in addition, in some cases, these differences reflect systematic efforts, stemming from racist ideology, to disrupt families. Non-Hispanic white women and Asian or Pacific Islander women have lower rates of nonmarital birth than other groups. In 2017, 67 percent of all births to non-Hispanic black women, 62 percent to American Indian or Alaskan native women, and 39 percent to Hispanic women occurred outside of marriage, compared with 27 percent for non-Hispanic white women, and 13 percent for Asian or Pacific Islander women (Appendix 1).
*Hispanic mothers may be of any race. Estimates for white and black mothers in this report exclude Hispanic women.