The U.S. birth rate last year was a record low, falling to levels not seen since 1920, a new report has shown.
The Pew Research Center said Thursday that the overall birth rate per 1,000 women declined 8 percent from 2007 to 2010.
It said that while the 2011 data has yet to be finalized, initial data shows the overall birth rate was 63.2 per 1,000 women of childbearing age. Overall in 2010, there were 4 million births but in 2011, there have been 3.95 million total births, according to preliminary data.
In comparison with the baby boom years, and especially in 1957 when the rate was 122.7 births, last year’s numbers are particularly low.
“In addition to the birth rate decline, the number of U.S. births, which had been rising since 2002, fell abruptly after 2007—a decrease … led by immigrant women,” Pew states.
Foreign-born mothers also “gave birth to a disproportionate share of the nation’s newborns,” it added, which continues a trend over the past several decades.
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