US Birthrate Finally Increases After Steady Decline Since 2014

US Birthrate Finally Increases After Steady Decline Since 2014

Hope At Last Grim U.S. Trend Finally Reverses After Nearly a Decade

( – The US birth rate isn’t a number average Americans likely think about. Though, it’s an important figure to keep track of for the government. America’s birth rate has been on a decline for nearly a decade since 2014, at least until a slight uptick in 2021.

The National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) found that in 2020, the US saw 3,613,647 new babies born. Additionally, the NVSS shows a 1% increase from 2020 to 2021 as 3,659,289 children were born in the US that year. The single percentage increase may not seem like much, but it’s the first increase America’s birth rate has seen in seven years. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) also reported that the US fertility rate increased from 1.64 to 1.66 from 2020 to 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound effect on the number of births in the US during 2020, which had the lowest fertility rate since 1930, when the government began tracking the figure. While the pandemic took a toll on how many babies were born, it seems to have also encouraged more women to get pregnant. WSJ mentions that many women felt the pandemic might never end and that they’d miss their opportunity to have children if they didn’t do it soon. A professor in Economics at Wellesley College noted that the increase was only a minor jump, adding that America is still “on a long-term trajectory toward lower births.”

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