U.S. Birth Rates In Decline, Lowest Since 2007


Birth rates are significantly declining in the United States, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The birth rate in 2013 was the lowest since statistics have been recorded on the topic with only 3.93 million births occurring within the year. This statistic is 9 percent lower than the number of births that occurred in 2007, which had the highest rate of birth in recent years.

Additionally, research suggested that fertility rates in the U.S. are also in decline, which was calculated by determining the average number of births for women between the ages of 15 and 44. In 2013, it was estimated that there were 62.5 births for every 1,000 women in that age group.

Brookings Institution demographer William H. Frey attributed that decline in births to the recession.

"On just about every demographic indicator involving young adults, whether it is marriage, buying a home or delaying childbearing, it's all been on hold since the beginning of the recession," Frey said. "I think it'll come back up, and each time new numbers are coming out, I think maybe this will be the moment."

Frey also noted that more women are delaying childbirth in favor of earning college degrees and working on a career. However, family demographer at Johns Hopkins University Andrew Cherlin noted that the trend is nothing to worry about.

“Americans haven’t worried much about birthrates in the past, because we have the faucet of immigration to turn on and off,” Cherlin said.

Cherlin noted that declining birth rates are a bigger problem in countries like Germany and Spain.

Despite the decline, childbearing was at an all time high in women aged older than 30, according to the data. In fact, women aged 35 and over had the highest birth rates seen in approximately 50 years.

Source: Live Science / Photo Credit: Flickr


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