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Nearly 1 in 4 Babies Born to Unmarried Parents Who Live Together

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly 1 in 4 babies in the U.S. are born to heterosexual couples who live together, but are not married, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After interviewing more than 22,000 men and women aged 15 to 44 between 2006 and 2010, the public health agency found that out of 46 percent of first births that were to unwed couples during that time period, nearly half -- about 23 percent -- were to women in cohabiting relationships.

Compared to 2002, the figure was a signicant increase.  Among women 10 years ago, 12 percent of first births were to those living -- unmarried -- with their partners.  By 2006-2010, the total jumped to 22 percent.

[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CDC'S FULL REPORT]

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