Between June 2007 and June 2008, 131,141 women between the ages of 15 to 50 gave birth in New Jersey, according to the United States Census Bureau’s “Fertility of American Women: 2008” report.
With an estimated 2.16 million women of that age living in the state, that works out to a birth rate of 60.5 per 1,000, about average for the country.
Of those births, 39.2 percent were to women with a B.A. degree or higher; 25.9 were to women who have never married; 21.2 percent were to non-citizens; 17 percent were to those living in poverty; and 6.7 percent were to those who were unemployed.
Although New Jersey’s birth rate is about average for the country, a couple of states stood out. Utah had the highest birth rate, with 81.8 births for every 1,000 women in the same group. Alaska (70.3 percent) and Idaho (70.2 percent) also had unusually high birth rates. The District of Columbia had the lowest birth rate: 39.7 percent per 1,000 women.