Column Facts are facts.
This week, we’re taking a look at the business end of the sex-by-numbers game. It’s all babies, all the time – eat your heart out, Blue Ivy.
Number of births in the United States, 2007: 4.3 million
Number of births in the United States, 2010: 4 million
Average cost of raising a child born in 2007 to age 18, as estimated by the USDA: $269,040
Average cost of raising a child born in 2010 to age 18, as estimated by the USDA: $286,860
13 million to one: odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets without IVF
1 in 53: American twin birth rate in 1980
1 in 30: American twin birth rate in 2009, an increase of over 75%
43: Percentage of women in a recent poll who said they would put off starting a family until after the recession
30: Percentage of American workers who have less than $1000 in savings
4000: Dollars a day to stay in Mt. Sinai’s Central-Park-adjacent luxury maternity suite
Number of incarcerated women in the U.S. who were pregnant or had given birth in the year of their arrest: 1 in 4
Number of royal births in 2011: 4