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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