July 21, 1998
Married Blacks May Have Less Kids
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- Married, middle-class black families increasingly are having smaller families, a result of higher incomes, more education and movement away from relatives who can help with child care, The New York Times reported today.
In 1970, married black women gave birth to 357,262 babies, the Times said. In 1996, the last year for which statistics are available, the figure was 179,568, a decline of nearly 50 percent and nearly twice the drop in the birth rate among married white women.
Experts say the trend means that married black couples -- whose median income is approaching parity with whites -- are able to give their children more of the advantages of enhanced economic status, like better housing and schools and more opportunities for cultural enrichment.
The trend of married blacks having fewer children means a higher percentage of black children are born outside marriage. However, the percentage of single black women giving birth reached a 40-year low in 1996.