“The fertility rate in the United States fell to a record low for a second straight year, federal officials reported Thursday, extending a deep decline that began in 2008 with the Great Recession. The fertility rate fell to 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down 3 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It was the largest single-year decline since 2010, when families were still feeling the effects of a weak economy…The most recent decline has been the deepest for minorities. The fertility rate among Hispanic women dropped more than 27 percent between 2007 and 2016, the most recent year of data by race. The rate for whites has dropped about 4 percent, for blacks about 11 percent and for Asians about 5 percent.”

Source: Sabrina Tavernise. “U.S. Fertility Rate Fell to a Record Low, For A Second Straight Year.” The New York Times. May 16, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/us/fertility-rate-decline-united-states.html.

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