U.S. Birth Rate Falls to Lowest Level in 32 Years

May 15, 2019
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The U.S. birth rate is at its lowest level in 32 years, according to newly released birth-record data. As the AP reports, it was the fourth year the number of births has fallen, a surprise to some experts given the robust economy. “I keep expecting to see the birth rates go up, and then they don’t,” said demographer Kenneth M. Johnson of University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. All told, there were some 3.8 million births in the U.S. last year. Furthermore, the fertility rate of 1.7 births per U.S. woman fell 2 percent, meaning the current child-bearing generation isn't having enough babies to replace itself.