CDC Shares Statistics Showing Declining Birth Rates In US

Statistics shared by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently indicated that a little under 3.6 million babies were born in 2023, a figure approximately 76,000 less than the year prior and the lowest number since 1979 when the Supreme Court ruled that anti-abortion measures across states were unconstitutional.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic reached our shores, birth rates in the U.S. had steadily declined for over a decade. One America News (OAN) reported that from 2019-2020, this figure decreased by 4%. Shortly after, the number increased for two years. Experts attribute this increase to delayed pregnancies among couples during the early stages of COVID-19.

A researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Nicholas Mark, said, “The 2023 numbers seem to indicate that the bump is over and we’re back to the trends we were in before.”

OAN pointed out that birth rates have risen for women in their 30s and 40s but have declined among teenagers and young women for some time. This trend is said to be caused by women pursuing careers and education before trying to create families. Despite this, birth rates decreased in 2023 for women under 40 years of age and did not change for those over 40.

Mark characterized this as a surprising development, saying that “there’s some evidence that not just postponement is going on.” Reports indicate that birth rates decreased among nearly all ethnic and racial groups.

The figures recently released by the CDC are preliminary and expected to change once finalized. They are based on nearly 100% of the birth certificates filed in 2023. For example, the 2022 birth count appeared to be declining, but after closer inspection, the total exceeded that of the year prior.

The author of the latest report, Brady Hamilton of the CDC, said that although there could be a correction to the 2023 data, it won’t be sufficient to reverse the “sizable” decline seen in the provisional numbers.

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