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Of the 3,977,745 babies born in the United States of America in 2015, 1,600,208 of them—or 40.2 percent–were born to unmarried mothers, according to data released this month by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

That makes 2015 the eighth straight year that 40 percent or more of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers, according to CDC data.

In the years since 1940, according historical data published by the CDC, the percentage of babies born to unmarried women never went as high as 40 percent until 2008, when it hit 40.6 percent.

Source: CDC: 40%+ of U.S. Babies Born to Unmarried Women for 8th Straight Year

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