Stats from the CDC show that America witnessed only 3.75 million births in 2019, which is a new record.

From The Wall Street Journal:

About 3.75 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2019, down 1% from the prior year, provisional figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics showed. The general fertility rate fell 2% to 58.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, its lowest level since the government began tracking the figure in 1909.

The data are the latest sign of how American childbearing, which began declining during the 2007-09 recession, never fully rebounded when the economy bounced back. Millennials have been slower to form families than previous generations, in part, economists say, because they are less financially secure than those before them.

“There are a lot of people out there who would like to have two children, a larger family, and there’s something going on out there that makes people feel like they can’t do that,” said Melanie Brasher, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Rhode Island, who studies fertility.

The numbers took a huge hit mainly from the Hispanic demographic because they “account for nearly a quarter of U.S. births.” They only had around 885,900 babies in 2019.

The teenager portion 5%, which is the most out of all demographics. The teenage birthrate peaked in 1991 but has dropped 73%.

Statistician Brady Hamilton noted that the researchers noticed “am uptick in births among women in their 40s,” which makes them think “that some births are just being delayed.”


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