The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"In the African-American community today, 68 percent of kids born are born out of wedlock."

Mitt Romney on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Astouding number, but it's right

The number may seem astounding, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, it's on target.

A CDC report concludes that in 2004, 69 percent of African-American children were born to women who hadn't tied the knot. That's the highest number for all races. The lowest: 15.5 percent for Asian and Pacific-Islander. About 46 percent of Hispanic children were born to unmarried women, and 24.5 percent of white children. The figure is 36 percent for all races.

Preliminary numbers for 2005 show similar percentages.


About this statement:

Published: Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Families


"Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"

Written by: Janet Zink
Researched by: Shirl Kennedy
Edited by: Amy Hollyfield

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