My How You’ve Changed: Comparing Babies Born in 1990 and 2015

Posted July 27, 2017, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nearly four million babies were born in the United States in 2015, which is the most recent full year of data available.

This newborn population is markedly different than babies born just 25 years ago, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

For babies born in 2015, we know that:

  • 40% were born to unmarried women — up 43% since 1990.
  • 23% had foreign-born mothers — up 44% since 1990.
  • 46% were children of color — up 28% since 1990.

Just as the nation’s youngest citizens are growing more diverse, so, too, is the total U.S. population.

By 2018, the majority of births in the United States will be children of color.

By 2044, America will become a majority-minority nation, with non-Hispanic whites making up less than half of the U.S. population.

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center for more birth data at the national and state-level:

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