U.S. Birth Rates Hit Record Low

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At a glance

  • Birth rates are falling in the United States. After the highs of the Baby Boom in the mid-20th century and the lows of the Baby Bust in the 1970s, birth rates were relatively stable for nearly 50 years.
  • But during the Great Recession, from 2007-2009, birth rates declined sharply – and they’ve kept falling. In 2007, average birth rates were right around 2 children per woman.
  • By 2021, levels had dropped more than 20%, close to the lowest level in a century.

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