At What Ages Do Women First Have Kids in Each State?

We recently told you about the average age men and women get married in each state, but how does parenthood fit into that picture? We combed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out how the numbers stack up today and how they’ve changed over time.

The graphic above shows the average age of a mother at the birth of her first child for each state, with stats from 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2013 (with the exception of Pennsylvania and Delaware, for which 2012 data was used—at the time of writing, neither state had finished processing their data for 2013). According to a National Center for Health Statistics spokesperson, with the exception of a few states, the most recent state-level data on the mean maternal age at first birth comes from 2006; in order to get more recent numbers, we turned to the epidemiologists and data specialists at various state health departments. (A few states had already published recent data for a mother's average age at first birth, while our trusty researcher Jocelyn Sears calculated approximate averages from raw data for Florida, Kansas, Rhode Island, and Vermont.)

As you might expect (or already know) the average age that women are first having children is on the rise—but that's not the only story the data is telling. For the year 2013, in all but a handful of states, the average age at first birth was actually lower than women's average age at first marriage. Only Ohio, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming saw lower first marriage numbers than first birth numbers (it was the same—27 years old—in Minnesota). On average, the age at first marriage is 27.4 years old in the U.S., while the age at first birth is 26 years old.

According to the CDC, 40.6 percent of all births (not just first-borns) in 2013 were to single and/or unwed mothers, a percentage that has greatly increased in the last few decades, but has actually decreased over the last few years. However, this doesn't hold true for women over 35; the number of single mothers in this demographic is actually on the rise. That, along with the broader social tendency to put off having kids, suggests that this trend will likely continue.

Graphic by Chloe Effron. 

The Most Popular Netflix Show in Every Country
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If you're bored with everything in your Netflix queue, why not look to the top shows around the world for a recommendation? recently used Google Trends data to create a map of the most popular show streaming on Netflix in every country in 2018. The best-loved show in the world is the dystopian thriller 3%, claiming the number one spot in eight nations. The show is the first Netflix original made in Portuguese, so it's no surprise that Portugal and Brazil are among the eight countries that helped put it at the top of the list.

Coming in second place is South Korea's My Love from the Star, which seven countries deemed their favorite show. The romantic drama revolves around an alien who lands on Earth and falls in love with a mortal. The English-language show with the most clout is 13 Reasons Why, coming in at number three around the world—which might be proof that getting addicted to soapy teen dramas is a universal experience.

Pot comedy Disjointed is Canada's favorite show, which probably isn't all that surprising given the nation's recent ruling to legalize marijuana. Perhaps coming as even less of a shock is the phenomenon of Stranger Things taking the top spot in the U.S. Favorites like Black Mirror, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead also secured the love of at least one country.

Out of the hundreds of shows on the streaming platform, only 47 are a favorite in at least one country in 2018. So no hard feelings, Gypsy.

Roadside Bear Statue in Wales is So Lifelike That Safety Officials Want It Removed

Wooden bear statue.

There are no real bears in the British Isles for residents to worry about, but a statue of one in the small Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells has become a cause of concern. As The Telegraph reports, the statue is so convincing that it's scaring drivers, causing at least one motorist to crash her car. Now road safety officials are demanding it be removed.

The 10-foot wooden statue has been a fixture on the roadside for at least 15 years. It made headlines in May of 2018 when a woman driving her car saw the landmark and took it to be the real thing. She was so startled that she veered off the road and into a street sign.

After the incident, she complained about the bear to highways officials who agreed that it poses a safety threat and should be removed. But the small town isn't giving in to the Welsh government's demands so quickly.

The bear statue was originally erected on the site of a now-defunct wool mill. Even though the mill has since closed, locals still see the statue as an important landmark. Llanwrtyd Wells councilor Peter James called it an "iconic gateway of the town," according to The Telegraph.

Another town resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph that the woman who crashed her car had been a tourist from Canada where bears are common. Bear were hunted to extinction in Britain about 1000 years ago, so local drivers have no reason to look out for the real animals on the side of the road.

The statue remains in its old spot, but Welsh government officials plan to remove it themselves if the town doesn't cooperate. For now, temporary traffic lights have been set up around the site of the accident to prevent any similar incidents.

[h/t The Telegraph]


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