Multiple states have seen a significant decline in birth rates in 2020 and into 2021, potentially reflecting a larger national trend.
Florida recorded fewer than 210,000 births in 2020, which is almost a 5% drop from 2019. The recent drop is the sharpest the state has recorded in nearly 15 years. Data for the first quarter of 2021 shows a similar decline.
Arizona experienced a less significant drop throughout 2020 compared to Florida, although 2021 data show sharply decreased birth numbers so far.
California's numbers are more severe. There has been a 6% drop in births in 2020 compared to 2019. The earliest data from 2021 shows even sharper declines, including an 11% drop in January and an 18% drop in February.
Even though some experts had predicted the opposite occurring, the declines suggest that the woes of 2020 may have had a larger effect than anticipated.
🔦 A drop in birth rates is not detrimental in regards to immediate national concerns, but it can have significant long-term effects on a nation. Some countries have observed such effects, including Greece who implemented a "baby bonus" last year for couples willing to have children.