Religion and fertility in the United States: New patterns

William D. Mosher, Linda B. Williams, David P. Johnson

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Abstract

In the United States, the baby boom-era pattern of high Catholic and low Protestant fertility has ended. Among non-Hispanic whites in the 1980s, Catholic total fertility rates (TFRs) were about one-quarter of a child lower than Protestant rates (1.64 vs. 1.91). Most of the Protestant-Catholic difference is related to later and less frequent marriage among Catholics. Future research on the demography of religious groups should focus on explaining the delayed marriage pattern of Catholics, the high fertility of Mormons and frequently attending Protestants, and the very low fertility of those with no religious affiliation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalDemography
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography

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