Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Trends in ideal family size
This graph summrizes the ideal number of children as reported to the General Social Survey by women ages 18-24 (N=1,253). Compared to previous decades, fewer young women are saying that two children is ideal, and are more likely to give three as an answer or to say "as many as a person wants." The same pattern is seen with all women ages 18-44; with only the intelligent respondents (WORDSUM 8-10); or with whites only.
Whether these women will realize their ideal is another question, but it is encouraging to see the pro-natalist attitudes.