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64.5

May 6, 2011

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s interesting to know that New Jersey’s fertility rate is 64.5, somewhat lower than the nation as a whole (66.7) but higher than neighbors New York (61.7) and Pennsylvania (60.1), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 years old.

New Jersey’s birth rate is 12.7, the same as New York’s and slightly higher than Pennsylvania’s 11.6. The birth rate is the number of births in a given year per 1,000 people in the total population. Nationally, the birth rate is 13.5.

In 2009, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were 110,324 children born to mothers of all races. Of those, 52,161 mothers were white, 29,003 were Hispanic, 17,131 were black, and 11,668 were Asian.

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