U.S. Births Fall for Fourth Straight Year

by Nate Wooley | October 3, 2012 12:53 pm

U.S. Births Fall for Fourth Straight Year

In 2011, the U.S. saw just 4 million births, the lowest number since 1998 and the fourth year in a row of declines. Births fell by 1% last year, according to the Associated Press[1]. But the downtrend appears to be leveling off because prior years had seen the decline in the 2% to 3% range.

The weak economy is shouldering some of the blame, with experts speculating that couples are leery about starting or expanding a family with an uncertain economic outlook.

The report, put out by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, showed fewer births across demographic groups. Some facts:

Other interesting baby news from InvestorPlace.com:

Endnotes:
  1. according to the Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_BIRTH_DECLINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-10-03-00-13-09
  2. For First Time, Majority of Births Are Nonwhite: http://investorplace.com/investorpolitics/for-first-time-majority-of-u-s-births-are-nonwhite/
  3. 6 Things to Know About Jessica Simpson Giving Birth: http://investorplace.com/2012/05/6-things-to-know-about-jessica-simpson-giving-birth/
  4. Survey: Birth Order Can Influence Financial Decisions: http://investorplace.com/2012/04/survey-birth-order-can-influence-financial-decisions/

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