U.S. birth rate falls for 4th year in a row

Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 weeks ago  •  16 comments

By:   Erika Edwards

U.S. birth rate falls for 4th year in a row
The good news: Fewer teens are having babies. The bad news: We're not having enough babies to replenish the population.

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A final tally of babies born in the U.S. last year confirms that the birth rate fell again in 2018, reaching the lowest level in more than three decades.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics finds there were 3,791,712 births registered in the U.S. in 2018,   down 2 percent   from 2017.

A closer look at the data suggests that Americans are not having enough babies to sustain the population.

The total fertility rate for 2018 was 1,729.5 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. (The fertility rate refers to how many children women have overall; birth rate refers to how many children women have in a single year.) But in order for the nation to reproduce its population and remain stable, the CDC says there would need to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women.

That means each woman needs to have at least two   babies   to replace fathers and mothers, as well as account for extra deaths.

The data also show that women are   waiting longer to have children . Birth rates among women in their 20s and early 30s declined, but they started to increase slightly among women 35 to 44.

The teen birth rate, for girls between the ages of 15 and 19, fell 7 percent, from 18.8 births per 1,000 women in 2017 to 17.4 births per 1,000 in 2018.

Fewer babies are being born to smoking mothers. Of the women who gave birth in 2018, 6.5 percent reported using a tobacco product, a 6 percent decline from 2017. The downward trend was noted among white women, black women and Hispanic women.

And fewer babies are being born via cesarean section. The c-section delivery rate fell slightly in 2018 to 31.9 percent, from 32 percent the year before.


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1  MUVA    2 weeks ago

Over 800,000 abortions last year and also for the last 4 years, with over a 1 million a year 1996  thru 2011 that may have something to do with it.

1.1  Freefaller  replied to  MUVA @1    2 weeks ago

Certainly that has a small amount to do with it, but I suspect it has way more to do with an overall cultural shift away from women wanting to have lots of children to wanting fewer (if any) and/or waiting till later in life.  Also it clearly shows the results of increased sex education and birth control options/awareness. 

1.1.1  Gordy327  replied to  Freefaller @1.1    2 weeks ago

Indeed. All good things too.

1.2  Gordy327  replied to  MUVA @1    2 weeks ago

A drop in the bucket.

1.2.1  MUVA  replied to  Gordy327 @1.2    2 weeks ago

50 to 60 million abortions since Roe v wade a little more that a drop in the bucket. 

1.2.2  Gordy327  replied to  MUVA @1.2.1    2 weeks ago

That's over a 47 year period. Let's assume the total number of abortions is 60 million. Over 47 years, that comes to 1.27 million abortions a year, comparable to modern trends. Although, abortions have declined in recent years too. So yes, still a drop in the bucket, especially compared to overall population and population growth in the last 47 years.

charger 383
2  charger 383    2 weeks ago

This is a good thing, we are way overpopulated

2.1  Ronin2  replied to  charger 383 @2    2 weeks ago

Unfortunately we have more than enough immigrants (legal and illegal) to more than make up the difference; and keep our population growing.


The United States has added about 17 million people since the last major census in 2010, a 5.3 percent population growth.


According to the US Census Bureau's population clock , the estimated 2019 United States population (August 2019) is 329.45 million. This is a bit higher than the 329.06 million estimated by the United Nations. By population, the United States of America is the 3rd largest country in the world, behind China (1.39 billion) and India (1.31 billion).

charger 383
2.1.1  charger 383  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1    2 weeks ago

YES, that problem needs to solved now.  

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3  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    2 weeks ago

I did my part, I tried to get as many pregnant as I could.

3.1  JBB  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @3    2 weeks ago

Then no wonder all those pink hats trigger you so...

Dean Moriarty
4  Dean Moriarty    2 weeks ago

Good news for the environment, quality of life and with the robotics coming we will still have too many people. 

Paula Bartholomew
5  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

Although they are already here, I hope for a day when no children are waiting to be adopted.

6  Texan1211    2 weeks ago
A closer look at the data suggests that Americans are not having enough babies to sustain the population.

This line from the article seems to suggest that we should sustain our present population.

I disagree.

charger 383
6.1  charger 383  replied to  Texan1211 @6    2 weeks ago

I agree with your disagreement

7  JBB    2 weeks ago



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