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U.S. Fertility Rate Hits an All-Time Low

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

The fertility rate in the United States has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. It has been recorded since 1909, and has dropped more than 10% just since 2007. [1]

The findings are based on population data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that track birth and fertility statistics.

The Findings

In the first quarter of 2016, the fertility rate dropped to 59.8 births per 1,000 women, down from 60 per 1,000 in the first quarter of 2015. This means there are on average fewer than 6 babies born for every 100 women between ages 15-44. In 2010, 6.4 babies were born per 100 women in this age group.

Other findings included:

  • The birthrate for those 15 to 19 declined from 22.7 births per 1,000 women in the first quarter of 2015 to 20.8 births per 1,000 in the first quarter of 2016.
  • The birthrate among women 30 to 44 is increasing, from 95.6 per 1,000 women in the first quarter of 2015, to 97.9 per 1,000 in the first quarter of 2016.

Donna Strobino, a professor of population, and family and reproductive health at Johns Hopkins University, said:

“The good news is that infertility treatment has allowed women to extend the age of childbirthing, going along with a lot of trends we are seeing in increasing age of marriage, increasing education levels and increasing labor force participation.

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