The Facts about the Falling Birth Rate

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We’ve talked before about how the birth rate is currently falling in the United States, largely to a languishing economy. Today, let’s take a look at some of the raw numbers, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Births in the US hit an all-time high back in 2007 with over 4.3 million live births.
  • By 2010, that number had fallen significantly, down to just over 4 million births.
  • The bottom of the curve seemed to be October through December, 2010. The birth rate has stayed steady or risen slightly in subsequent months.
  • According to the report, women who have money problems or who are unemployed are more hesitant to start a family.
  • During 2008 and 2009, the only groups that saw an increase in the birth rate was women over the age of 40. This group has traditionally risen, as reproductive technology makes it possible for more and more women to conceive and give birth.
  • Immigration dropped beginning in 2009 due to the weak market for jobs. This may be a part of the decline, as birth rates are traditionally higher among immigrant families. Hispanics, in particular, tend to have higher birth rates.

Statistics aren’t yet available for 2011, but it will be interesting to see if there have been any significant changes in these numbers.

So, what do you think? Was money a concern when you decided to get pregnant? Would being out of a job or having financial trouble make you think twice about trying to conceive?

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