Julie Mack: 42% of new moms in Kalamazoo County are unmarried. Should we care?
"Births outside of marriage are often associated with disadvantage for both children and their parents," said the Census report released May 1. "Women and men who have children outside of marriage are younger on average, have less education, and have lower income than married parents. Children who are born to unmarried parents are more likely to live in poverty and to have poor developmental outcomes.