U.S. birth rate plunges to lowest point

by ian

 

The U.S. birth rate has plunged to its lowest point in nearly a century, according to newly released data from the CDC.

2023 saw roughly 3.6 million births – that’s a 2 percent decline from the year before. Report author Brady Hamilton told CBS News that the decline is “fairly large” compared to last year’s difference.

There was a mini-baby boom during COVID-19, but the latest data resumes the pre-pandemic trend of a declining fertility rate that’s continued now for five decades. The data shows that the birth rate declined significantly for most ethnic and racial groups, except for Hispanic women, who had a 1 percent increase in births.

The overall fertility rate, or expected number of births per woman, is now at 1.62. That’s significantly below the 2.1 replacement rate.

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