US fertility rate drops below replacement level
April 07, 2010
The birthrate in the United States fell 2% in 2008 and is now below the population replacement level of 2.1 children per woman, according to a report released April 6 by the National Center for Health Statistics. “The 2008 preliminary estimate of the total fertility rate (TFR) was 2,085.5 births per 1,000 women, 2 percent lower than the rate in 2007 (2,122.5),” according to the report.
- U.S. birthrate drops 2 percent in 2008 (Washington Post)
- Full text of report (National Center for Health Statistics)
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Posted by: voxfem -
Apr. 08, 2010 12:22 AM ET USA
"Arizona's birthrate declined more than 4 percent in 2008 compared with the previous year, the largest drop among the 25 states. Its decline in per capita income in 2007 ranked second and its housing-price change ranked sixth. North Dakota was one of only five states that had a gain in its fertility rate. That state's growth in per capita income was the largest, and its 2007 foreclosure rate was the second lowest." Anyone see a trend?
Posted by: Minnesota Mary -
Apr. 07, 2010 5:24 PM ET USA
"The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." Welcome to the Mexi-Muslim States of America!"