CDC: U.S. birth rate hit 'record low' in 2018

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The U.S. birth rate declined again in 2018, falling to its lowest in more than three decades, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The birth rate remained below "replacement," which is the the amount of babies that would have to be born for a generation to exactly replace itself-- generally considered to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women.


The birth rate in the US fell in 2018 and has reached the lowest level in over 30 years, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The report says that 3,791,712 births were registered in 2018, which is 2% lower than in 2017.

The total fertility rate, which refers to the number of children women have overall, was 1,729.5 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2018. The birth rate refers to how many children have in just one specific year.

According to the report, there need to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women for the US to reproduce and for the population to remain stable.


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