Learn More: Learn More: Birth Mothers' Education Level

What does this mean?

Educational Attainment refers to the highest level of education completed in terms of the highest degree or the highest level of schooling completed.

Why is it important?

Mother's educational attainment - According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), birth rates by maternal educational attainment provide a way to interpret variations in childbearing patterns. A women's educational level is the best predictor of how many children she will have. The study found a direct relationship between years of education and birth rates, with the highest birth rates among women with the lowest educational attainment. College-educated women tend to have fewer children and to have them later than women with lower levels of education. Besides having fewer children, mothers with more schooling are less likely to have mistimed or unwanted births. In the United States, among women aged 25 years and over, unmarried women with less education had a much higher birth rate than unmarried women who attended school longer. For college-educated women, low first-time birth rates for women in their twenties and high first-time birth rates for women in their thirties point to the continuing trend of delayed childbearing. Mother's educational level is associated with several child outcomes, including infant mortality and her child's educational attainment.

How are the data collected (methods)?

In Florida, this data is regularly collected and maintained by the State's Department of Health.

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Caveats and Limitations

The birth data statistics presented are calculated spatially by first geocoding the addresses of the birth mothers. Geocoding involves matching a physical address to a digital reference layer, such as a roads or parcels layer, in GIS. Geocoding rarely results in a 100% successful matching rate and this holds true for the data being presented here as well. Residency addresses provided by the birth mother were geocoded directly by the Florida Department of Health. The percentage matched is typically very high (around 90%) and while this number serves as a very good representation of the birth trends within the county it is important to note that the data presented here is a sample of the true total number of births.

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