U.S. birth and fertility rates dropped to another record low in 2020, CDC says

By Rich Mendez2 days ago

Key Points

  • Births fell for the sixth consecutive year to the lowest levels since 1979, the CDC said.
  • The agency didn't directly attribute the overall drop in births to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • But it found that New York City women fled the five boroughs to have their babies elsewhere during the height of the pandemic.

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U.S. birth and fertility rates dropped to another record low in 2020 as births fell for the sixth consecutive year to the lowest levels since 1979, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

The number of births in the U.S. declined last year by 4% from 2019, double the average annual rate of decline of 2% since 2014, the CDC said in preliminary birth data released Wednesday. Total fertility rates and general fertility rates also declined by 4% since 2019, reaching record lows. The U.S. birth rate is so low, the nation is below replacement levels, meaning more people die every day than are being born, the CDC said.

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