Edition 2023

Foto omschrijving: A baby is fast asleep with a pacifier that says ‘I love Mummy’.

How many babies were born to unmarried mothers?

Just under 71 thousand babies born in the Netherlands in 2022 had an unmarried mother. This is 42 percent of all babies born in that year. Following the birth of their first baby, many couples remain unmarried. In 2022, 37 percent of second and subsequent babies were born to unmarried parents. Many more children are now born outside marriage than sixty and even twenty years ago.

Hoeveel baby's hadden een niet-getrouwde moeder? How many babies were born to unmarried mothers? 1962 1982 2002 2022 29,0% 1,5% 5,9% 42,1%

In the 1960s and 1970s nearly all mothers were married when they gave birth. From the 1980s onwards, more and more of them were unmarried. Parents were often officially registered as partners. These couples count as married couples in the statistics.

One third of all newborn babies had unmarried cohabiting parents. More babies are also being born to single mothers. In the 1970s this was quite rare, today it is the case for one in ten newborn babies.

Newborn babies by type of household (%)
Jaar Unmarried couple Married couple Registered partners Single parent Other
2022 32.4 42.7 13.6 8.9 2.4
2011 32.8 53.3 3.5 8.1 2.3
1996 11.9 81 . 5.1 2
1971 0.3 97.1 . 2 0.6

Young mothers more likely to be unmarried

Young women are least likely to be married when they have a baby. In 2022 one in ten teenage mothers were married, and four in ten 20 to 24‑year-old mothers. Most babies born to teenage mothers fall in the category ‘other households’, often three-generation families: the baby, its teenage mother, and her parents.

Over half of babies with a mother aged over 25 years have married parents. For babies of mothers over 40 years of age this percentage is slightly lower. Just as babies with younger mothers, relatively many of these are born to single mothers.

Maternal age at childbirth and type of household, 2022 (%)
Under 20 yrs 20-24 yrs 25-29 yrs 30-34 yrs 35-39 yrs 40 yrs and over
Unmarried couple 24.4 31.2 32.6 33 32.6 28.2
Married couple 8 40.4 57.4 59.4 56.4 52.9
Single-parent household 24.7 16.9 7.7 6.6 10.2 17.6
Other household 43 11.4 2.4 1 0.9 1.3

Few unmarried parents in Bible Belt

In the Dutch Bible Belt – a strip running from Zeeland in the southwest of the country to Overijssel in northeast – relatively few babies are born to unmarried parents. The lowest rates are in Urk and Staphorst (6 percent), followed by Neder-Betuwe and Renswoude.

Mothers in medium-sized cities (100 thousand inhabitants or more) are more likely to be unmarried when they have their babies. Of the four largest cities, parents of newborns in Rotterdam are most likely to be unmarried (52 percent).

Children born outside marriage, 2022
Gemeentenaam Percentage
Groningen 51.00
Almere 48.60
Stadskanaal 44.60
Veendam 45.20
Zeewolde 37.70
Achtkarspelen 39.80
Ameland 40.00
Harlingen 56.90
Heerenveen 40.80
Leeuwarden 55.60
Ooststellingwerf 45.50
Opsterland 43.30
Schiermonnikoog 40.00
Smallingerland 46.30
Terschelling 57.10
Vlieland 20.00
Weststellingwerf 40.00
Assen 44.80
Coevorden 39.30
Emmen 48.60
Hoogeveen 40.00
Meppel 36.00
Almelo 45.60
Borne 36.10
Dalfsen 28.90
Deventer 46.00
Enschede 47.30
Haaksbergen 49.20
Hardenberg 32.60
Hellendoorn 29.60
Hengelo 38.50
Kampen 24.00
Losser 48.50
Noordoostpolder 32.00
Oldenzaal 46.60
Ommen 27.70
Raalte 37.50
Staphorst 6.00
Tubbergen 34.50
Urk 5.80
Wierden 32.80
Zwolle 39.90
Aalten 40.90
Apeldoorn 37.90
Arnhem 49.40
Barneveld 13.40
Beuningen 42.40
Brummen 33.30
Buren 34.00
Culemborg 41.90
Doesburg 46.00
Doetinchem 46.50
Druten 40.20
Duiven 40.90
Ede 21.20
Elburg 17.30
Epe 23.60
Ermelo 27.70
Harderwijk 34.30
Hattem 20.90
Heerde 18.20
Heumen 39.50
Lochem 34.10
Maasdriel 42.00
Nijkerk 24.30
Nijmegen 49.90
Oldebroek 17.20
Putten 22.30
Renkum 36.70
Rheden 47.20
Rozendaal 33.30
Scherpenzeel 13.10
Tiel 37.80
Voorst 37.30
Wageningen 39.50
Westervoort 43.80
Winterswijk 34.30
Wijchen 46.90
Zaltbommel 21.40
Zevenaar 42.40
Zutphen 46.00
Nunspeet 13.40
Dronten 36.70
Amersfoort 38.70
Baarn 37.30
DeBilt 42.30
Bunnik 45.20
Bunschoten 16.50
Eemnes 50.00
Houten 38.60
Leusden 31.60
Lopik 36.90
Montfoort 29.40
Renswoude 12.50
Rhenen 19.90
Soest 36.40
Utrecht 44.00
Veenendaal 25.30
Woudenberg 14.80
WijkbijDuurstede 37.20
IJsselstein 44.20
Zeist 37.70
Nieuwegein 42.80
Aalsmeer 38.90
Alkmaar 51.00
Amstelveen 31.60
Amsterdam 50.50
Bergen(NH.) 53.50
Beverwijk 43.50
Blaricum 36.50
Bloemendaal 51.10
Castricum 48.20
Diemen 44.60
Edam-Volendam 44.00
Enkhuizen 38.50
Haarlem 48.90
Haarlemmermeer 41.50
Heemskerk 39.80
Heemstede 48.90
Heiloo 37.60
DenHelder 48.90
Hilversum 41.40
Hoorn 48.70
Huizen 41.10
Landsmeer 50.60
Laren 52.30
Medemblik 48.50
Oostzaan 53.30
Opmeer 41.40
Ouder-Amstel 37.10
Purmerend 50.00
Schagen 43.40
Texel 41.60
Uitgeest 41.70
Uithoorn 39.20
Velsen 51.40
Weesp 35.00
Zandvoort 53.80
Zaanstad 44.30
Alblasserdam 20.10
AlphenaandenRijn 38.80
Barendrecht 35.40
Drechterland 51.90
Brielle 38.70
CapelleaandenIJssel 50.70
Delft 41.70
Dordrecht 41.70
Gorinchem 37.90
Gouda 34.60
's-Gravenhage 48.10
Hardinxveld-Giessendam 18.30
Hellevoetsluis 46.00
Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht 25.80
StedeBroec 38.20
Hillegom 43.60
Katwijk 23.00
KrimpenaandenIJssel 25.50
Leiden 48.00
Leiderdorp 36.10
Lisse 41.70
Maassluis 37.30
Nieuwkoop 39.70
Noordwijk 46.10
Oegstgeest 36.20
Oudewater 35.60
Papendrecht 38.30
Ridderkerk 37.60
Rotterdam 51.60
Rijswijk 47.30
Schiedam 45.50
Sliedrecht 23.90
Albrandswaard 35.40
Westvoorne 33.30
Vlaardingen 42.90
Voorschoten 40.50
Waddinxveen 27.00
Wassenaar 43.20
Woerden 37.70
Zoetermeer 47.20
Zoeterwoude 45.50
Zwijndrecht 36.00
Borsele 25.40
Goes 32.00
WestMaasenWaal 39.00
Hulst 48.30
Kapelle 17.40
Middelburg 37.40
Reimerswaal 14.30
Terneuzen 46.60
Tholen 18.80
Veere 17.10
Vlissingen 43.50
DeRondeVenen 41.80
Tytsjerksteradiel 33.30
Asten 41.00
Baarle-Nassau 55.60
BergenopZoom 34.70
Best 41.90
Boekel 43.70
Boxtel 41.60
Breda 53.30
Deurne 38.30
Pekela 56.40
Dongen 39.00
Eersel 43.40
Eindhoven 43.30
Etten-Leur 39.90
Geertruidenberg 33.70
GilzeenRijen 38.50
Goirle 39.70
Helmond 47.40
's-Hertogenbosch 47.30
Heusden 45.30
Hilvarenbeek 32.90
LoonopZand 44.50
Nuenen,GerwenenNederwetten 48.10
Oirschot 50.00
Oisterwijk 51.20
Oosterhout 38.30
Oss 46.20
Rucphen 40.40
Sint-Michielsgestel 38.90
Someren 35.80
SonenBreugel 40.70
Steenbergen 42.10
Waterland 47.50
Tilburg 47.10
Valkenswaard 44.70
Veldhoven 33.50
Vught 48.20
Waalre 44.10
Waalwijk 40.30
Woensdrecht 41.80
Zundert 37.80
Wormerland 36.80
Landgraaf 53.00
Beek 42.40
Beesel 43.30
Bergen(L.) 45.90
Brunssum 51.00
Gennep 50.30
Heerlen 56.70
Kerkrade 50.00
Maastricht 50.40
Meerssen 55.30
MookenMiddelaar 56.70
Nederweert 37.60
Roermond 51.00
Simpelveld 60.00
Stein 47.50
Vaals 41.70
Venlo 45.40
Venray 45.50
Voerendaal 42.60
Weert 49.90
ValkenburgaandeGeul 42.00
Lelystad 49.60
HorstaandeMaas 36.90
OudeIJsselstreek 40.50
Teylingen 39.20
UtrechtseHeuvelrug 39.40
OostGelre 41.70
Koggenland 42.90
Lansingerland 34.80
Leudal 44.80
Maasgouw 49.40
Gemert-Bakel 42.30
Halderberge 37.40
Heeze-Leende 45.00
Laarbeek 50.90
Reusel-DeMierden 37.90
Roerdalen 48.30
Roosendaal 41.10
Schouwen-Duiveland 25.20
AaenHunze 36.50
Borger-Odoorn 31.70
DeWolden 38.50
Noord-Beveland 42.00
Wijdemeren 45.50
Noordenveld 49.20
Twenterand 29.40
Westerveld 44.30
Lingewaard 44.10
Cranendonck 46.50
Steenwijkerland 37.50
Moerdijk 40.10
Echt-Susteren 56.50
Sluis 49.70
Drimmelen 49.20
Bernheze 46.90
Alphen-Chaam 50.60
Bergeijk 46.60
Bladel 39.20
Gulpen-Wittem 46.80
Tynaarlo 41.50
Midden-Drenthe 37.60
Overbetuwe 37.10
HofvanTwente 41.30
Neder-Betuwe 12.40
Rijssen-Holten 14.10
Geldrop-Mierlo 38.00
Olst-Wijhe 34.30
Dinkelland 37.30
Westland 40.80
Midden-Delfland 31.60
Berkelland 42.40
Bronckhorst 39.30
Sittard-Geleen 54.50
KaagenBraassem 41.80
Dantumadiel 29.60
Zuidplas 34.50
PeelenMaas 51.60
Oldambt 47.20
Zwartewaterland 13.40
Súdwest-Fryslân 49.90
Bodegraven-Reeuwijk 26.20
Eijsden-Margraten 40.50
StichtseVecht 42.60
HollandsKroon 45.10
Leidschendam-Voorburg 40.90
Goeree-Overflakkee 22.00
Pijnacker-Nootdorp 40.90
Nissewaard 52.30
Krimpenerwaard 25.50
DeFryskeMarren 42.50
GooiseMeren 46.10
BergenDal 40.40
Meierijstad 45.20
Waadhoeke 42.10
Westerwolde 38.10
Midden-Groningen 44.60
Beekdaelen 42.80
Montferland 41.60
Altena 23.80
WestBetuwe 30.10
Vijfheerenlanden 32.20
HoekscheWaard 28.00
HetHogeland 40.10
Westerkwartier 36.30
Noardeast-Fryslân 39.50
Molenlanden 22.00
Eemsdelta 43.30
DijkenWaard 47.20
LandvanCuijk 44.90
Maashorst 44.90

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