2020 Saw Record Low U.S. Birth Rates

CDC data indicates that the birth rate in the United States in the year 2020 dropped to the lowest rate since 1980.

  • Newly released data indicates that the 2020 birth rate was the lowest in 20 years, according to The Epoch Times.
  • There were 3.61 million children born in the United States in 2020 according to the data from the CDC’s National Vital Statistics System.
  • Though the United States population has grown by 100 million from 1980 to 2020 there were considerably fewer births in the U.S. last year than just a few decades ago.
  • According to University of Utah professor of family and communication studies Nick Wolfinger, one reason for the decrease in births is because of fewer people likely to be part of couples.
  • However, Abort73 estimates that there were 910,000 abortions conducted in the United States in 2020, which is a significant upward trend from the two previous years.
  • Statista estimates that there were roughly 3.75 million live births in the United States in 2019 and 887,000 abortions.
  • According to the Epoch Times, the births among women aged 15-44 declined 4 percent compared to 2019 and are at an all-time low of 56 births per 1,000 females.
  • Birth rates fell for women aged 15 to 44 have held the ground for both the youngest (10-14) and oldest (45-49) groups studied.
  • The lowest birth rates were among teenagers aged 15 to 19. In 2020, there were 15.4 births per 1,000 adolescent girls, down 8% from the previous year and a new low.
  • Some experts cited the possibility of lower testosterone, the time spent in video games, and the changes that social media has had on relationships, others believe there could be other answers. 
  • The National Review indicated that there was believed to be a slight abortion-rate increase in 2020.
  • Additionally, in early 2022, AOL reported that the majority of abortions in the United States are done via pills, instead of being in-clinic procedures.