More high-educated women become mothers at the age of 30

28/03/2014 15:00

In recent years, the proportion of women who become mothers at the age of 30 has risen, whereas the proportion of low-educated women who become mothers at the age of 30 has in fact declined.

More than one in three high-educated 30-year-old women are mothers

Altogether, 37 percent of high-educated women born in 1980 had at least one child at the age of 30, versus 30 percent of high-educated women born in 1970. The corresponding figures for their low-educated counterparts were 69 and 72 percent respectively.

Proportion of mothers among 30-year-old women

Proportion of mothers among 30-year-old women

Proportion of married 30-year-old women has fallen more rapidly among low-educated women

Generally, low-educated women are younger when they marry than high-educated women; 54 percent of low-educated women born in 1970 were married at the age of 30, versus 40 percent of high-educated women born in the same year.

The gap has narrowed considerably within one decade. The proportion of 30-year-old, low-educated women who were married at the age of 30 fell from 54 to 41 percent. The proportion of 30-year-old, high-educated women who were married at the age of 30 fell from 40 to 37 percent.

Percentage of married women in the 30-year-old female population

Percentage of married women in the 30-year-old female population

Ruben van Gaalen