The trend is across all major racial and ethnic groups.
The birth rate in the U.S. fell 4 percent last year, according to a new report. It’s the largest annual decline in that rate in 42 years, according to statistics that began more than a century ago.
The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported that the overall fertility rate fell among mothers of all major racial and ethnic groups and in all age groups, at 55.8 births per 1,000 women ages 14 to 44.
The report notes that the number of births last year fell to 3605201.
This is the lowest number since 1979, and it is 4 percent lower than in 2019. The figure fell for the sixth consecutive year, averaging 2 percent a year. By comparison, there were 4.3 million births in the U.S. in 2007.