Younger Educated Moms On Rise in the Netherlands

Younger Educated Moms On Rise in the Netherlands

New mothers in the Netherlands are increasingly younger and better educated than they were three decades ago, according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands.

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.

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.

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