US birth rate sees biggest fall for nearly 50 years

The Guardian (05/04/2021)
  • The US birth rate declined by 4% in 2020 to the lowest (1.6 children per woman) ever since being tracked by federal officials (100+ years).
  • The rate dropped across all races, ethnicities and age groups.
  • While birth rates for young women had been in multi-year decline, births among older women had been inching higher until 2020.
  • While the decline was largely driven by economic anxiety surrounding Covid, pregnancies were lower pre-pandemic.
  • The US is now firmly below the population replacement rate of 2.0 children/woman.