- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - While the number of twins being born in the U.S. is at an all-time high, the twin birth rate in South Dakota is continuing a steady pace.

A report released this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that of the nearly 4 million babies born last year, more than 135,000 were twins. That’s about 1 in every 29 babies. In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.

In South Dakota, the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1RLrZzM ) reports health officials recorded 192 sets of twins in 2014, up from 178 the year before. South Dakota’s record high was set in 2008, with 204 sets of twins.

Why the nationwide twin increase? More women are waiting until they are older to have babies, and mothers in their 30s are more likely to have twins than younger women.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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