The Right Start: Conditions of Babies and Their Families in America’s Largest Cities

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Annie E. Casey Foundation

Babies born in the nation's 50 largest cities are likely to start life at a significant disadvantage compared to other infants, according to this KIDS COUNT special report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The negative outlook is explained in part by some key indicators, based on data from birth certificates. Among the findings:

Births to mothers with less than 12 years of education are six percentage points higher in the 50 largest cities than in the nation as a whole. The total births to unmarried women in these cities is more than 10 percent higher than the national average. In the largest cities in 1997, only 22 percent of teenagers who gave birth were married, and only 37 percent had completed 12 or more years of education. These figures are used to help explain the financial stresses placed on infants born to teenage mothers. 96 pages. Free. Contact: The Annie E. Casey Foundation (410) 547-660. E-mail::