Number of US Births Dropped to 30-Year Low in 2017 — CDC

Number of US Births Dropped to 30-Year Low in 2017 — CDC

In 2017, birth rates fell by 4 percent both for women from 20-24 years old and for women of ages 25-29, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 2017 provisional estimate of fertility for the entire US indicates about 3.85 million births in 2017 and a total fertility rate of about 1.76 births per women.

In 1980, nearly 50 percent of 25-year-old California women lived with an own child, census figures show.

The general fertility rate sank to a record low of 60.2 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 - a 3 percent drop from 2016, the CDC said in its tally of provisional data for the year.

To many this has come as something of a surprise; the economy is doing pretty well and this is usually matched with a baby boom.

The biggest observable change is that younger people are having fewer children.

About 471,500 California babies were born in 2017, down by 17,000, or 3 percent, from 2016, according to the CDC data, which is provisional. For almost all age groups of women under 40 years there was a decline in birth rates, while an increase was seen among women in their early 40s.

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The 2017 numbers also represent a 10-year fall from 2007, when the USA finally broke its post-World War Baby Boom record, with more than 4.3 million births.

This is thought to be down to a number of different factors.

Interestingly, the number of women in their 30's having children declined, while those in their 40;s continued to rise.

American women continue to wait longer to have children.

According to an AP report, experts say the falling birth rate may be due to millennials' changing attitudes about motherhood-essentially, they're more inclined to put it off and have fewer kids-as well as increased use of long-term contraception techniques. Normally, the drop-off in births is picked up by immigrants replenishing the population.

The alternative is a country like Japan, which is facing serious economic problems as an aging population matched with low birth and immigration rates mean that there simply aren't enough working adults to support the population.

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