American women are having fewer babies than they have in the past 30 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in its yearly report on U.S. birth rates.
The provisional report, based on an analysis of over 99% of the 3.85 million birth certificates filed last year, said that the total was “down 2 percent from 2016 and the lowest number in 30 years.” And the fertility rate sank to 60 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 – a 3% drop from last year.
What these numbers mean for the U.S. population is that the country won’t be able to achieve a “viable replacement rate” — the standard for any given generation to replicate its total. The rate is calculated by the CDC by estimating how many children a hypothetical group of 1,000 women have over the course of their lives. Currently, the rate is about 1,765 for every 1,000. The replacement rate is 2,100 per 1,000.
“The rate has generally been below replacement since 1971,” the report said…..