May 3, 2021

12 Facts About American Moms

A snapshot of what life is like for women with kids in the U.S. today

As Mother’s Day approaches, we look at the range of experiences women with children have in the U.S. today — when they become moms, where and if they’re employed, and some of the ways they take care of their families. Data comes from the Pew Research Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1) 27 is the average age that American women first became mothers, as of 2019.

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2) 25% of working-age mothers (ages 18 to 64) with children under 18 at home said in July 2020 that they were not working because COVID-19 disrupted child care arrangements.

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3) 80% of mothers say they are the ones who usually prepare the meals for the family.

Ten percent say meal preparation is split equally between them and their partner. Learn more.

4) 27% of mothers are stay-at-home moms, as of 2016.

In comparison, 7% of fathers are stay-at-home dads. Learn more.

5) 80% of mothers say they are the ones who usually do the grocery shopping for the household.

Another 11% say that grocery shopping is split equally between them and their partner. Learn more.

6) 72% of American mothers with children under 18 at home participated in the labor force in 2019.

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7) 23% of American mothers were raising their children without a spouse or partner, as of 2019.

This counts only mothers with children under 18 at home. Learn more.

8) As of 2018, 40% of working mothers worked in education, health care, and social assistance.

This includes teachers, social workers, health care professionals, and administrative and staff workers at hospitals, medical offices, schools and universities, rehabilitation centers, and child day cares, among others. Learn more.

9) 1.7M working mothers are preschool through 12th grade teachers, and 1.1M are registered nurses.

These are two of the most common jobs for women with children under 18 at home. Learn more here and here.

10) 58% of mothers with children under 18 at home said in October 2020 that they spend the right amount of time with their kids.

Another 28% said they spend too little time and 13% said they spend too much time with them. Learn more.

11) 74% of married or partnered mothers say that they do more to manage their children’s schedules than their partner.

This looked only at mothers with children under 18 at home. Learn more.

12) This last fact is for the future moms: 50% of women ages 18 to 49 who don’t have children say they want to have them someday.

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