The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released some alarming data earlier this week that surprisingly had absolutely nothing to do with Covid for a change.
The report showed that the birthrate in the United States last year declined to its lowest level on record ever since the government began collecting data more than 110 years ago.
This new record low birth rate breaks the previous record set in 2018, which broke the previous record set in 2017, which broke the previous record set in 2016.
You get the idea. This has been a long-term issue: people just aren’t having babies anymore. And it’s not just in the Land of the Free.
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Fertility rates are low all over the developed world– far below the ‘population replacement level’ of around 2.2 children per mother.
(This is the number of children that demographers say will maintain a steady population.)
In the United States, the average number of births per mother is currently about 1.7. In Australia it’s also around 1.7. In Spain, it’s just 1.5. In Japan, 1.44. In Italy, 1.31. In South Korea, 0.92. And in Singapore, just 0.83.
This list goes on and on. And the fertility rates in most of these countries are hovering near record lows.