Half of the women in England and Wales remain childless by the age of 30 for the first time since the record began

For the first time in England and Wales, 30 more women remained childless than their mothers, according to official figures.

According to a new analysis released Thursday National Bureau of Statistics (ONS), 50.1% of women who turned 30 in 2020 (born 1990) had no children by their 30th birthday.

In an annual report analyzing 2020 data, ONS states that this is the first group of children by the age of 30 since recording began in 1920.

ONS statisticians say this trend is likely to continue given the current low fertility rate in their twenties.

Of the women who will turn 45 in 2020 and are believed to have finished giving birth, 18% are about to give birth and the proportion of mothers (estimated to be 26 based on standardized average age). Has increased by 13%. 26.4 Mother in 1975).

However, this percentage has been fairly consistent since the late 1950s, suggesting that women are delaying childbirth rather than not having children, ONS said.

About 17% of women who turned 45 in 2020 had only one child. This is also a 13% increase compared to the mother’s generation.

The most common age in this group to give birth to the first child was 31 years, nine years behind the mother’s generation. The average number of children was 1.92, unchanged from the previous year, down from the number of mothers (2.08).

Families with two children are still the most common family size, with 37% of the cohort having two children, compared to 44% of the mother’s generation.

Amanda Schaffman, an ONS statistician, said:

“The childless level up to the age of 30 is steadily rising from the lows of the age of 18. [percent] For a woman born in 1941.

“Currently low fertility rates in the twenties indicate that this trend is likely to continue.”

Social media users commenting on the ONS report pointed out that affordable housing shortages, living and childcare costs may be factors behind the trend.

Schaffman said: “Since the late 1950s, the average number of children born to women has been below two.

“Families with two children are still the most common, but women who have recently given birth are more likely to have only one or no children than their mother’s generation.”

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.