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Planning Family Size


Parents-to-be, listen up. Bloomberg News reports a middle-income family will spend $241,080 to raise a child born in 2012. That’s a 2.6 percent increase from just last year and outstrips the rate of inflation. But that’s just one consideration when planning to start or expand a family. PRI’s The World is collaborating with stations nationwide to examine family size and we take our turn when Charlotte Talks.

Maria Vandergriff-Avery, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology Director, College Honors Program at Catawba College
S. Philip Morgan - Director of Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Lisa Neidert - Senior Research Associate, Population Studies Center; Sociology Lecturer, University of Michigan