U.S. fertility rate hits record low

by John Wesley Reid · Nov 27th, 2019 12:24 pm

The U.S. fertility rate has been declining for the last four years, with 2018 ringing in at a record low. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 59.1 births for every 1,000 women able to bear children.

Johns Hopkins University's Alison Gemmill told the Times, "The data suggest that people want to establish themselves before having children...They also want to make sure they have adequate resources to raise quality children."

The Brooking's Institute demographers show that the median childbearing age for women in the 1970's was 21, while in 2018 the median age was 28.