The trend is evident in all major racial and ethnic groups.
The US birth rate fell 4 percent last year, according to a new report. This is the most significant annual decline in this indicator for 42 years, according to statistics that began to be conducted more than a century ago.
The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported that the overall birth rate declined among mothers from all major racial and ethnic groups and across all age groups, to 55.8 births per 1,000 women aged 14 to 44.
The report notes that the number of births last year fell to 3605201. That is the lowest number since 1979, and it is 4 percent lower than in 2019. This indicator falls for the sixth year in a row, at an average of 2 percent per year. By comparison, there were 4.3 million births in the United States in 2007.