Data reveal decline in U.S. birth rates amid pandemic

by Jenny Mount · Apr 14th, 2021 1:31 pm

Last Updated Apr 15th, 2021 at 6:18 pm

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.


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