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The main reasons for the uptick: the decline of first births among teenagers and the increase of first births among women over age 30. Over the 14-year period examined, the proportion of first births to women younger than 20 declined 42 percent, while rising 28 percent among women ages 30 to 34 and 23 percent among women 35 and older.

Asian or Pacific Islander mothers had the oldest average age at first birth, 29.5, and American Indians or Alaskan Natives had the youngest, 23.1. Still, the average age has increased across all races and ethnicities.

At the same time, the average age increased in every state and the District of Columbia. The largest increases — 1.7 years or more — were noted in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado and Illinois. Among the states with the smallest increases were Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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