In 2017, there were 5,891 births, giving a general fertility rate of 51. 7 births per 1000 women aged 15–44, the eighth lowest rate out of all 72 Wisconsin counties. Of these, 73 of the births occurred at home, the fifth highest number of home births for Wisconsin counties. 428 of the births were to mothers who held doctorate or professional degrees, more than any other Wisconsin county. These accounted for 7. 3% of total births for the county, a higher percent than any other Wisconsin county and more than Ozaukee County which had 5. 8% of births to mothers who held doctorate or professional degrees and ranked second. Additionally, there were 860 reported induced abortions performed on women of Dane County residence, with a rate of 7. 5 abortions per 1000 women aged 15–44, which is above the Wisconsin average rate of 5. 2.