The New York Times recently published an article highlighting statistics in 2016 fertility rates in the United States. Most notably, the article points out that a general nationwide decline in fertility rates has officially brought the birth rate percentage to its lowest point in U.S. history. This decrease in birth rate was reported in all groups of women under the age of 30. There was a 9 percent decline in teenage birthrates from 2015, an trend in this demographic which has been ongoing since 1991. Among women in their 20s, the birth rate declined between 2 and 4 percent. Despite this decline in birth rates among women under the age of 30, however, statistics show that fertility rates have actually increased in women aged 30 and above. Still, the overall decline officially puts the country’s population below replacement level. Interestingly enough this does not mean the country’s population is declining since the ongoing influx of immigrants helps to compensate for this difference.
For a comprehensive rundown of these statistics, including breakdowns by ethnic background, pre-term birth rates, and more, check out the article on The New York Times.