Jan 23 2023
11:38 am

All six New England states were among the 13 states where births increased between 2019 and 2021
. New Hampshire (highest in nation at 7%) and Tennessee were the only states with more births last year than in 2014, the last time births rose nationally.
"Births nationwide remain well below the “replacement rate” of 2.1 births per woman needed to prevent population decline, a level they haven’t reached since 2007, according to the CDC. The rate ticked up slightly last year from 2020, but only to about 1.7."

South Korea recently broke its own record for the world’s lowest fertility rate (0.79).
"South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol admitted that more than $200 billion has been spent trying to boost the population over the past 16 years."

In the U.S., it is said women are waiting longer to start a family. In South Korea they are saying the cost of living is too high.

Either way, low birth rates could lead to problems supporting our way of life, e.g. infrastructure, health care, retirement, etc.

What would encourage women in the U.S. to birth more babies? Provide free college, free childcare, or help becoming an influencer or TikTok star?

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Why is the U.S. Birthrate Declining?

The higher birth rates at older ages during the baby boom largely reflected women having third, fourth, or higher-order births rather than first or second births.

Teen birth rates remained relatively low in the 1970s and 1980s, despite large increases in the proportion of teenagers who were sexually active. The teen birth rate edged up around 1990. But, by 2020 increases in contraceptive use and a leveling of the share of teens who were sexually active helped reduce the teen birth rate to 15.3—the lowest level ever recorded in the United States.

Education and income also play a significant role in fertility. In nearly every contemporary society, people who are more educated and have higher incomes have fewer children than those who are less educated and have lower incomes.

In 2017, U.S. women ages 25 and older with an advanced degree had an average of 1.80 children, compared with 2.25 children for women with a high school diploma and 2.70 children for women without a high school diploma.10

Why is the U.S. Birthrate Declining?

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