U.S. Birth Rate Sees Largest Drop In 50 Years

(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Last year saw a lot of firsts and a lot of records broken.

One that isn’t a good sign is that the birth and fertility rates in the United States reached another low in 2020.

Data released by the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that births dropped for the sixth year in a row in 2020. The overall level is the lowest it’s been since back in 1979.

Year-over-year, births in the U.S. dropped by 4%. That’s double the annual rate of decline since 2014, which was 2%. Record lows were also seen in total fertility rates and general fertility rates, which both decreased by 4%.

The CDC said that the birth rate in the country is so low that the country is “below replacement levels.” In other words, the overall population is actually dropping, since more people are dying every year than being born.

The CDC didn’t attribute the overall drop directly to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, it did analyze the birth rates for New York City women who decided to deliver their babies outside of the city during the height of the pandemic.

Between March and November 2020, women fled the city to give birth. In April and May alone, more than 10% of NYC women gave birth outside the city, an increase of almost 70% from 2019.

Birth rates fell across the board for age groups and demographics. For Hispanic women, births dropped 3%, while for Black women, they dropped 4%.

Teen birth rates dropped by 6% for teens between 15 and 17 years old, and 7% for teens between 18 and 19 years old. Both of those numbers were record lows as well.

Birth rates for those between 20 and 24 years old dropped 6%, while the birth rate dropped 4% for women between 25 to 29 years old.

The birth rates for women 30 to 34 years old, and for women 35 to 39 years old, both dropped but didn’t reach record low marks, the CDC said. The rates dropped 4% and 2% for those age cohorts.

For women aged 40 to 44, the birth rate fell 2% from 2019 to 2020. The birth rate remained the same for women 45 years old and older.

The CDC took this data based on population estimates from the 2010 census as of July 1. It also included birth records received and processed by the National Center for Health Statistics as of February 11.

In order to sustain the U.S. population at its current levels just through births, there needs to be 2.1 babies per woman. Researchers, though, believe the dip in birth rate will probably continue throughout 2021 and possibly even further.

As Phil Levin, an economics professor at Wellesley College, said:

“What we learned from the Great Recession is that every 1 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate reduces births by 1%.”