U.S. Birth Rate at Historic Low

U.S. birth rates dropped to their lowest levels in more than 40 years in 2023, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2023, 3,591,328 babies were born, a 2% decline from 2022.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there were 1.62 births per woman in 2023.

The fertility rate was 54.4 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15-44, a 3% decrease from 2022.

“Birth rates declined for females in age groups 15–19 through 35–39 and were unchanged for females ages 10–14 and for women ages 40–44 and 45–49 in 2023,” the report noted.

Between 2015 and 2020, childbirth rates declined about 2% each year. Between 2019 and 2020, birth rates decreased by 4%.

Birth rates rose 1% from 2020 to 2021, however.

America’s decline in birthrates may be attributed to fewer women getting married, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Brenda Hafera.

Compared to its 1960 birth rate of 3.65, the United States had a 1.6 birth rate as of 2020.

The crisis of finding a partner, Hafera said, is linked to a concept known as the “boy crisis,” whereby women often have greater education than men but desire a spouse with equal or greater education than themselves. The “boy crisis” is then perpetuated by the absence of a strong father figure in the home.

“Women desire mature spouses and tend to be hypergamous; they marry those who are equal or above them in terms of education or socioeconomic status,” Hafera explained. “When men are doing poorly, women are without suitable life partners.”

While U.S. births are at a historic low, abortions in the United States hit their greatest levels in 2023.

According to the Monthly Abortion Provision Study, an estimated 1,026,690 abortions occurred in 2023, or about 15.7 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.