According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the birth rate in the United States continued to decline in 2022. The report states that fewer babies were born in the US in 2022, and there was also a significant decline in teen births during the same period. This trend is not unique to 2022, as birth rates have been steadily declining for years.
The CDC report also revealed that fertility rates have dipped, and more people are having babies later in life. This trend is being echoed in other reports, including one from The Wall Street Journal, which highlighted a visual breakdown of America’s stagnating number of births.
While the declining birth rate and fertility rates may be concerning, some experts are pointing out that it could be the result of progress being made in areas like access to contraception, education, and professional opportunities for women.
Despite the potential benefits, the declining birthrate does raise concerns for some about the future of the country’s population and workforce. However, the CDC notes that the current dip in birth rates could be temporary, and the trend could change in the future.
In the meantime, researchers will continue to monitor the data and explore ways to promote healthy fertility rates and support families in the process of having children. As the Deseret News notes, teen birthrates have hit an all-time low, and overall birthrates are down, indicating that progress is already being made in some areas.