A 4 percent drop was recorded in 2020 alone. According to a new report, the number of U.S. births dropped 4 percent in 2020 to the lowest level since 1979 and the general fertility rate reached a record low. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics published statistics showing that births in the United States fell from 3,747,540 to 3,605,201 in 2020. According to CBS News, health records across 27 states reveal that there was a 7 percent decline in the birth rate in December, nine months after the first lockdowns began. However, the recent drop is only part of the larger trend. In the 1950s, U.S. women averaged having nearly four babies each in their lifetimes. Today, women average fewer than two babies each. In 2020, there was a record-low 55.8 births per 1,000 women from ages 15 to 44.
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