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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 10, 2019

Declining US Fertility

JAMA. 2019;322(10):919. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.13200

Fertility rates in the United States declined 2% from 60.3 to 59.1 births per 1000 women between 2017 and 2018, according to the latest data from the CDC.

Birth rates declined across all 3 of the largest racial and ethnic groups (non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic) in the United States during this period, according to the report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The report, which used data from US birth certificates, found that birth rates among teens also declined 7% from 18.8 to 17.4 births per 1000 females aged 15 to 19 years. Both the overall and teen US birth rates reached record lows in 2018, according to the authors.