As the end of the year draws near, we will be highlighting the best data maps Patch has run in 2013. It's part of our Newscruncher series, which breaks down the characteristics of your town by the numbers. If you see any technical issues with this map, or if you'd like to suggest ideas for future Newscruncher articles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This map above shows where the new moms of Generation X live in town. Specifically, it's the number of women per 1,000 between 35 and 50 years old that had given birth in the past 12 months when this census survey was taken.
"Generation X" is the term often used to define those born between the early 1960s and the mid 1970s: so the census' range of women who were 35-50 in 2011 fits Gen X perfectly.
Gen Xers were born into a time shaped by the effects of major political and social events like the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While stereotyped as slackers when they were young, some argue that their childhoods as independent young adults have prepared them for a life of self sufficiency different from their parents. How might that experience shape how they will be as parents?
Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by U.S. Census – and see the number of births per 1,000 for women over 35 in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map.
The map doesn't count every new mom from Generation X, of course: If you had a baby this year, you're not reflected here. But this snapshot from 2011 points to trends across town.
Do you think the places with more Gen X moms will have more infants listening to Rockabye Baby? Tell us in the comments or in a blog post.
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