The average age of mothers at first birth increased steadily during the preceding 30 years, to 25.1 years in 2002, an all-time high for the nation.
In 2002, by state, the average age of mothers at first birth ranged from 23 years to 28 years.
Mothers living in northeastern states were the oldest at first birth; mothers living in AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, & WY were the youngest.
National Vital Statistics System, annual file; 2003.
Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm ]