The birth rate in the United States fell in 2018 and has reached the lowest level in over 30 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
The report says that 3,791,712 births were registered in 2018, a 2% decrease from the year before.
Meanwhile, the total fertility rate, which refers to the number of children women have overall, was 1,729.5 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2018. The birth rate refers to how many children they have in just one specific year.
According to the report, there needs to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women for the U.S. population to remain stable.
What it means is that each woman will need to have two babies to replace the mothers and fathers who will die.
The report also showed birth rates for women in their 20s and 30s went down but the birth rates increased a little bit between the ages of 35 and 44.
Teen birth rates for girls 15 to 19 also fell to 7%, the report says.