California birth rate falls again to record low

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

The United States has hit a 40-year-low in its fertility rate, with only about 1.76 births per woman for the 2017 provisional estimate, according to numbers released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data based on more than 99 percent of USA birth certificates counted 3.853 million births a year ago, about 92,000 fewer than 2016. 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.

"The rate has generally been below replacement since 1971", according to the report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. By comparison, there were about 21 births per 1,000 residents in 1990.

Fertility has fallen the most for the youngest women since 2007, but in the previous year, declines were also registered for women in their 30s as well. The only group to see birth rates rise was women in their early 40s-the birth rate for teenagers was down a whopping 7%, meaning the teen birthrate is now down 55% from 2007. That figure is for women from 15-19 years old.

Births for women in their twenties was down 4 percent; slightly down for women in their thirties; 2 percent down for women 30-34 and 1 percent for women 35-39.

What's also interesting is the mismatch between the declining birth rate and the economy, which is booming.

The report showed women in their early 40s were the only group with a higher birth rate past year, up 2 percent. By 2016, that figure had dropped to 29 percent.

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