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United States births sink to lowest number in 30 years, CDC says

17 May 2018

The United States just hit a 40-year low in its fertility rate, according to numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. previous year saw its lowest number of births in three decades-a total of 3,853,472, which was down 2% from 2016.

The report also showed "In terms of change in age-adjusted fertility, the sharpest declines in births have been in Arizona, where fertility has fallen from 2.47 births per woman in 2007, to an estimated 1.81 in 2017".

"The rate has generally been below replacement since 1971", according to the report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. That measure now stands at 1,764.5 births per 1,000 women - a 3 percent drop from 2016.

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. 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.

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

The overall trend in declining birth rates is, however, not unexpected for the United States, as many developed nations see this downturn.

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. Births also fell nationwide. By 2016, that figure had dropped to 29 percent. By 2016, that figure had dropped to 74 percent.

United States births sink to lowest number in 30 years, CDC says