Mean Age of Mothers is on the Rise: United States, 2000-2014

NCHS Data Brief. 2016 Jan;(232):1-8.


Data from the National Vital Statistics System. The mean age of mothers has increased from 2000 to 2014 for all birth orders, with age at first birth having the largest increase, up from 24.9 years in 2000 to 26.3 years in 2014. Increases in the average age for all birth orders were most pronounced from 2009 to 2014. In 2014, Asian or Pacific Islander mothers had the oldest average age at first birth (29.5 years), while American Indian or Alaska Native mothers had the youngest (23.1 years). Mean age at first birth increased in all states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) from 2000 to 2014, but D.C. (3.4 years) and Oregon had the largest increases (2.1 years).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Birth Order
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maternal Age*
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology