THE DEMOGRAPHIC FATE OF intelligent SPECIES: U.S. fertility falls to lowest on record

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

U.S. fertility falls to lowest on record

More benefits, not more babies than those backward Yankees
In the latest news, the US birthrate is making a new historical low. To put things in perspective, however, America is at the same level of fertility as Scandinavian countries, despite huge differences in welfare benefits, paid parental leaves...

Economics, therefore, may not be the reason behind low birthrates on both sides of the Atlantic. On a worldwide basis, the opposite tends to be true: the poorer a country, the higher its birthrate. The cause of low fertility must be something else, something more fundamental.

The US fertility rate fell to the lowest point since record keeping started more than a century ago, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 1909, the government began keeping track of what's called the fertility rate. The general fertility rate is the number of births out of 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 44.

In the first three months of 2016, the fertility rate in the US fell to the lowest level. The rate was 59.8 births per 1,000 women.

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