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American Fertility Hits Historical Low

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February 6, 2019

The American birth rate tied its historical low in the first nine months of 2018, new data from the Centers for Disease Control shows, and demographers say it will likely go lower.

The United States has been in the midst of a baby bust for decades. The total fertility rate—a demographic measure which estimates how many children a woman can expect to have in her lifetime—has consistently been below the requisite 2.1 children per woman required to sustain the population at current levels. Americans are having fewer kids, and the number they are having is steadily declining.

Specifically, the latest CDC data indicate that as of September of 2018, an average American woman can expect to have about 1.73 children in her lifetime. That rate is effectively tied with the rate 42 years ago, the lowest on record.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7:14 am





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