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Fewer and fewer teenagers are becoming mothers

The age at which women have children is rising steadily in Austria. Very few children are born in Vienna.

They're still on TV, but teenage mothers are becoming increasingly rare these days. Because the point in time at which women become mothers has shifted significantly in Austria over the past 35 years. According to the study, the number of births to teenage women fell from 8,300 in 1984 to 1,200 per year, while those by late mothers rose from 1,100 to 3,600.

These figures are included in the new "Birth Barometer" of the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). On the new website, demographers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences have compiled figures, data and graphics on the population development in Austria.

Among other things, it shows how high the birth rate is currently in Austria (1.47), in which federal state the fewest children are born (Vienna) or how old women are on average when they have their first child (just under 30).

The average fertility age in Austria and Vienna has risen continuously over the past four decades and is now around 31 years. In the “Golden Age of the Family” during the 1950s and 1960s, the age at which women become mothers declined because fertility rose in the first place and births began earlier and later. Up until the early 1980s, the average fertility age in Vienna was lower than in the whole of Austria because Viennese women at that time had lower proportions of third and fourth children who are usually born later.

The shift in the birth age is particularly evident in the two poles: in 1984, 8,345 births were recorded by teenage women. Ten years later it was only about half (4,292). The latter number halved again by 2011 (2,189), in 2018 it was then only 1,180.

The development of the births of women over 40 was not quite as drastic: in 1984 1,059 of them were recorded. That number then stagnated for about a decade before rising. In 2003, the 2,000 mark was broken for the first time, and in 2011 the number of 3,000 was surpassed.

(APA / twi)