Thursday, June 2, 2011

drop in U.S. birth rate the biggest in 30 years

Births fell 4% from 2007 to 2009, the biggest drop for any two-year period since the mid-1970s.

- birth rates fell for all women except those 40 & older
- birth rates for women ages 20-24 were the lowest ever recorded
- amongst all ethnic groups, the biggest drop was seen in Latinas
- birth rates fell the most in the West & SouthWest (Arizona & Nevada saw a decline of 10% or more)
  - fewer families are having more than 2 children

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