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Decline: The U.S. birth rate has hit its lowest point in 25 years, forecasters say

The U.S. birth rate has plummeted to its lowest point in 25 years as would-be parents postpone having babies due to the poor economy.

The average number of births per woman has fallen 12 per cent from a peak of 2.12 in 2007, when the economy began to falter.

Now the rate is predicted to hit just 1.87 this year and 1.86 next year, the lowest since 1987, according to birthrate forecasters Demographic Intelligence.

The forecasters, who produce quarterly predictions for consumer and pharmaceutical companies, said the rate is not expected to rise again for at least two years, USA Today reported.

They noticed a stark difference between race, with the less-educated and Hispanics suffering the largest decline.

But the share of births to non-Hispanic whites and Asian Americans with college educations has grown, the company told USA Today.

‘What that tells you is that births have clearly been affected by the economy,’ Sam Sturgeon, president of Demographic Intelligence, said.

‘And like any recession, it doesn’t hit all people equally, and it hit some people much harder than others.’

Drop: The graph shows the number of births per 1,000 people in the US – and how the rate has been rapidly declining. The red line shows the baby boom

He added that the effect of the economy on births has been quicker and more enduring than any slump since the Great Depression.

‘Usually consumer sentiment bounces back a little quicker,’ Sturgeon said. ‘There’s a sense of hesitancy, especially for those of prime child-bearing age. The key word would be uncertainty, a lot of uncertainty.’

Other analysts said the decline could affect birthrates for years to come.

‘The more you delay it, the more you delay the possibility of a second or third child,’ Stephanie Coontz, director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families, said.

She added that women are choosing to have just one child due to the expense of college and the belief that degrees are imperative for a job.

For more than two decades, the U.S. fertility rate has stayed close to 2.1 – the number of children each woman must have to maintain the size of the current population.

This compares to countries such as Taiwan, where the rate is just 1.1, causing concern about an aging population and lack of young workers.

Demographic Intelligence tracks fertility trends for companies in order to predict how products, such as diapers, toys, cribs and children’s medicines, will be affected.

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  • Spartan

    Good news seeing the white birth rate climb.

  • Shadowhand18

    I don’t know if you are saying this remark out of racisism, or if you are saying this as a legitimate statement, but when it comes to overpopulation race does not matter. The reason we have so many sorrows on this planet is heavily caused by overpopulation. People are (were) having more children than they can provide for, causing even more strife than they can handle. This is very good news for mankind as a whole. Lowering child birthrates can also help the animal world rise their numbers seeing that the more people are on the planet the more of our earth’s natural resources will dwindle very rapidly causing famine in many countries.

    Many will still remain ignorant over this issue, but overpopulation also causes trouble with the economy improval, food distribution, increases abnormalities in the weather patterns, healthcare, and the rapid increase in the earth’s natural global warming. The more we get overpopulation under control, the better the future looks for humanity. Goodluck guys! :-D

    • Shadowhand18

      EDITED:

      Please disregard all “Typos” (such as the error in spelling the world “Racism” in the first sentence).

  • James

    Many will still remain ignorant over this issue,
    _______________________________________________

    Yes, you certainly are. I just loved how you danced and squirmed around the race issue.

    You know, you people are very blind when you want to be and very hypocritical, saying that you want to preserve diversity, when really what you advocate in practice is the destruction of race, the destruction of culture and the destruction of diversity.

    Either you people are truly deficient in your mental capacities unable to understand, “cause” and “effect”, or you are deceptively evil in your intent.

    PS: White people have NEVER had a big issue feeding ourselves or building great and mighty nations. And although we have suffered the occasional downfall, we have remained able to provide for our own.

    The explosion of third world populations was ONLY POSSIBLE due to the massive aid sent FROM WHITE NATIONS.

    Race, not an issue. What planet are you from. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

  • Shadowhand18

    to “James”

    Instead of trying to pick one statement out of my post to fuel your racial hate arguments, try to understand my key message. Race does not matter when it comes to overpopulation. Whether there are too many African Americans, Hispanics, Caucasians, Asians, etc.., our planet does not have the resources to handle so many people. As for your statement:

    “PS: White people have NEVER had a big issue feeding ourselves or building great and mighty nations”

    Many of my caucasian friends and family members along with my African American family, friends, and fellow brethren of humanity are having a hard time feeding themselves and maintaining a household due to the economy, so your above argument is irrelevant and simply idiotic. I am not advocating anything other than ALL RACES contribute to overpopulation, and that ALL RACES do not need to have 20 kids in which they can’t provide for no matter who you are.

    If you want to start a race war, find someone else who is incompetent enough to indulge you, but my overall message is that NO one should bring numerous amounts of kids in this world without being prepared financially, physically, and mentally.

    If you feel that the world is worst off because there are too many African Americans and not enough Caucasians, you are truly ignorant because in truth the world is worst because mankind as a whole is responsible for the destruction of our planet. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Jewish, again ALL RACES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DECLINE IN THE PLANET’S RESOURCES AND FUTURE, so in closing learn to lose your racial hate because the only thing it will bring is all of us closer to destroying hopes of having a bright future.

    • James

      In my estimation, you are still an idiot. You know very little about history, ancient or otherwise or I’d cut most of your falsehoods to pieces.

      I don’t have time for idiots.

      I advocate that MY PEOPLE prepare themselves for this onslaught, which occurs more and more frequently.

      IDIOT.

      I also “feel that the world is worst off because there are too many African Americans and not enough Caucasians” IN THE NATIONS OF THE WEST.

      Africa for Africans. Get OUT! Insult us…call us names…blame us for your deficiencies! THERE IS ALREADY A RACE WAR….

      WHAT YOU ARE MAD ABOUT IS THAT WHITES ARE FINALLY! FINALLY! FIGHTING BACK.

  • Shadowhand19

    “James Wrote”

    WHAT YOU ARE MAD ABOUT IS THAT WHITES ARE FINALLY! FINALLY! FIGHTING BACK
    ——————————————————

    I’m going to leave this article alone now seeing that you are not competent enough to understand the point I was trying to make that all races contribute to overpopulation and not just one. Goodluck to you in the future, and I hope that one day you will lose your racism and realize that there is only one race and thats the human race.

  • Shadowhand18

    EDITED:

    Again, please excuse all “typos” (such as the 19 in Shadowhand18)

  • James

    I hope that one day you will lose your racism and realize that there is only one race and thats the human race.
    _______________________________________________

    I WILL NEVER LOOSE MY “RACISM”.

    MY RACE IS MY NATION. IT IS MY HERITAGE. IT IS MY BLOOD. IT IS MY FOREFATHERS. IT IS MY PEOPLE. IT IS MY FUTURE.

    Racism is a GOOD thing. Racism is HEALTHY.

  • James

    BTW: I do understand your point in terms of sheer numbers.

    Now, this is why I was upset by your comeback. You dismissed the prior poster and preceeded to talk in terms of sheer number.

    Race is a crucial factor in this discussion. In terms of racial MIX, it is imperative that the builder race (the White race) be left in tact and unpolluted.

    It is imperative, that the blacks be left in their purity. (Including all sub-African genetically identifiable sub-species.)

    Di9tto for other DIVERSITY. What we have is BABYLON (confusion)

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