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Utah keeps hold on No. 1 position for birthrate

Utah keeps hold on No. 1 position for birthrate

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- New census figures show Utah is maintaining its hold as the state with the highest birth rate.

About one of every 12 Utah women of childbearing age gave birth in 2006. That compared with a national average of one birth for every 18 women in the same age bracket.

The report from the U.S. Census Bureau also shows that new mothers in Utah are less likely to be single parents, living in poverty or foreign-born than the national average.

University of Utah demographer Pam Perlich says Utah has more children per capita, the youngest population and the largest households in the nation.

According to Perlich, "Women in Utah have more kids, period. That's been the case for many generations."


Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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