U.S. birth rate hits record low
The U.S, birth rate continues to drop, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. In fact, it hit an all-time low last year, the sixth year in a row that the birth rate declined.
In 2013, 3.93 million babies were born in the U.S., down less than 1 percent from 2012, but 9 percent lower than 2007, when a record-breaking 4.32 million babies were born in the country.
According to the report, only 62.5 births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 44 occurred in 2013, a record low since 1909, when the government first started keeping track.
Not surprisingly, the birth rate varied from age group to age group. For women under 30, the birth rate is down; for women older than 30, however, childbearing continues to rise. In 2013 birth rates for women ages 35 and over were at the highest levels seen in approximately 50 years, the report noted. It even increased for women between 45 and 49.
Lastly, and probably the best news: the birth rate for teens fell 10 percent from 2012, dropping to 26.5 birth per 1,000 women.