Home birth rate: leading U.S. states 2018

The states in the U.S. with the highest home birth rate in 2018 included Montana, Wisconsin and Utah. Montana had the highest home birth rate with 2.4 percent of all births occurring at home while 2.3 percent of all births in Wisconsin occurred at home.

Home births

Home births are selected by women in the U.S. for a variety of reasons that may include, a preference for less medical intervention, a location preference, cost, and a cultural or religious preference. In general, home births are not very common in the U.S. Home birth was one of the least common birthing characteristics among mothers in 2017.

U.S. births

Generally, births in the U.S. have been on the decline in recent years. Mothers that give birth have different characteristics. Mothers aged 20 to 34 years have the highest birth rate among all mothers in the U.S. Likewise, mothers of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander origin had higher birth rates than mothers of other ethnicities. Family size and income also have an impact on birth rate. Households with an income under 10,000 U.S. dollars have a higher birth rate than higher household income brackets.

Top U.S. states based on home birth rate in 2018

Percentage of all births that were home births
Montana2.4%
Wisconsin2.3%
Utah2.2%
Idaho2.2%
Washington2.1%
Vermont2%
Oregon2%
Alaska1.9%
Maine1.9%
Pennsylvania1.9%
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Source

Release date

November 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

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