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Average Number of Children Per U.S. Family (Historic), infographic

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SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Fertility/Mortality, U.S. Population Trends/History, Women's Issues

Line graph shows the average number of children per woman in the United States over time. In 1800, most women in the U.S. had 7 children but that number has steadily decreased over the years, with the exception of the Baby Boom (when the U.S. fertility rate jumped to 3.62). In 2018, U.S. woman had 1.7 children on average.

Data sources: Economic History Association; National Vital Statistics Report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Graphic produced as part of the 330 Million in the USA lesson packet.

Graph shows the average number of children per U.S. family has decreased since 1800 with an exception of the baby boom