Where Baltimore stands

February 12, 2002

Baltimore ranks first in the nation in out-of-wedlock births, with more than three out of every four children being born to unmarried mothers in the city. Figures reflect out-of-wedlock births as a percentage of all births during a 12-month period that ended Dec. 27, 2001.

...................................................... Percentage of births ................Rank

City.................................................. out of wedlock

Baltimore .................................................. 77 ...................................... 1

Atlanta ...................................................... 64 ..................................... 2

New Orleans ............................................. 64 ..................................... 2

Milwaukee .................................................. 61 .................................... 4

Detriot ........................................................ 61 .................................... 4

Memphis, Tenn. ......................................... 61 ..................................... 4

Washington, D.C. ...................................... 61 ...................................... 7

Fresno, Calif. ............................................. 60 ..................................... 8

Indianapolis ............................................... 51 ..................................... 9

Philadelphia ............................................... 47 ..................................... 10

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

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