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NOW ENTERING THE NEWBORN ZONE

Bucking the trend in many other wealthy industrialized nations, the United States seems to be experiencing a baby boomlet, reporting the largest number of children born in 45 years. The nearly 4.3-million births in 2006 were mostly due to a bigger population. Here's a look at how Florida fits into the picture.

236,882 Children born in Florida in 2006

4,265,996 Children born in the United States in 2006

Florida births by mother's race

107,503 White; 45 percent

50,999 Black; 21.5 percent*

70,060 Hispanic; 30 percent

7,531 Asian; 3 percent

789 Native American; 0.3 percent

*Rate not included in the report but calculated by the Times

Fertility rate per every 1,000 women

67.3 Florida

68.5 United States

Percentage of live births to mothers under 20

in Florida

10.9 2006

10.8 2005

Percentage of live births to unmarried mothers

in Florida

44.5 2006

42.8 2005

Percentage of live births by caesarean section

in Florida

36.1 2006

34.9 2005

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