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Birth Rates in the United States are Leveling Off

September 12th, 2013 by in Health with 257 Views

For the past four years, there has been a steady decline in the birth rate in the United States. According to a new report that comes from the Center for Disease Control, the birth rate may finally be leveling off. Additional finding shows that the birth rate among older women has increased. This is a good sign; a lower birth rate can lead to disproportionate age groups. For a full breakdown of the findings by the CDC, keep on reading.

CDC Findings Track Birth Rates

The CDC monitors the birth rate for a variety of reasons, such as predicting the demand of each generation for the next. For the first four of the last five years, 2008 to 2011, birth rates had consistently fallen. The reports from 2012 conclude that the birth rate may have stabilized, according to the CDC. In 2012, in the United States, there were fewer than four million births; this is only several hundred less than in 2011. Hopefully, this shows that we are headed in the right direction.

The latest report from the CDC also shows that women in their thirties are adding to this birth rate increase. 2012 marks the first time since 2007 that the birth rate among these women has increased. Despite these findings, not all results were positive. The birth rate among women in their late twenties has decreased by 3 percent. The birth rate among women in their late twenties is at the lowest level since birth rates were first recorded in 1940.

Reasons for a Lower Birth Rate

The most common reason for a lower birth rate is the state of the economy. The more that couples worry about the economy, the less they are willing to bring children into this world and add to their financial situation. With the economy finally showing signs of improvement, it makes sense that the birth rate would increase.

During the prosperous 1990s, birth rates were on the rise. The same is true of the generation that came of age during World War II. After the war, couples began having children at a quick pace, resulting in the generation known as the “Baby Boomers”. The United States reached a modern peak in the birth rate in 2007, with over 4 million births. This was just around the time that the real estate market collapsed and other economic troubles led to a weakened United States economy.

While the recession that hit the United States lasted from 2007 to 2009, many people continued to have difficulty finding work until the nation’s economy stabilized in 2011. This further shows that birth rates are directly tied to the state of the economy.

Less Teenage Pregnancies

Another positive finding by CDC was that the number of teenage pregnancies has steadily dropped. This drop started in 1991 and has continued ever since. In 2012, there were only a little over 300,000 babies born to teenage mothers. That is less than half of the number of teenage pregnancies during the all time high in 1970. There could be multiple reasons the decline in teenage pregnancies, including an increase in sexual education and the use of contraception.

A Higher Birth Rate Equals Bigger Workforce

The CDC uses data that is taken from the compiled birth certificate records from the state health departments in order to create their findings. Hopefully, the birth rate will continue to increase. Lowered birth rates can lead to large disparities in age groups, directly affecting our future workforce. This can already be seen today, as the baby boomers begin to reach the age of retirement, requiring the next generation to fill their positions. As long as we do not have another recession in the United States, chances are that we can expect an increase in the birth rate for the foreseeable future.

  • Jessica

    I think that over the next 10-20 years they will continue to notice more women in their 30’s having babies as opposed to women in their 20’s. As more women are becoming employed in the workplace and higher education, families take the back burner and usually begin later in life.

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Low birth and high birth rate is a great problem for some countries. In Indian subcontinent high birth rate is a problem because it has a lot’s of peoples. Anyway can you share the top 10 high and low birth rates countries?