U.S. birth rate falls to record low

by Laura Mize · May 20th, 2020 1:37 pm

American women are having fewer babies than ever before, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

For every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, just 58.2 babies were born in 2019. That's the smallest number since federal record keeping began in 1909. A decline in births began in 2007-2009, during the Great Recession. Numbers have gone down all but one year since, and experts say economic woes from coronavirus are likely to drive the rate even lower.

The early 40s age group was the only one that saw an increase in the number of births. Growth in this demographic means that some women are just putting off childbearing to focus on education and career, said Brady Hamilton, an author of the report on birth data.

All the other age groups saw a decrease or held steady.


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