U.S. Birth Rate at All-Time Low, CDC Report Finds
The U.S. birth rate stayed at an all-time low in 2013, declining by less than 1% from 2012 because of a considerable decrease in teenage birth rates, according a CDC report published in Pediatrics. There were 3.9 million births in the U.S. in 2013, according to the report. Birth rates decreased among women in their 20s, while birth rates increased for women in their 30s and late 40s. The birth rate among teenagers ages 15 to 19 fell to a new low of 26.5 per 1,000 teenagers, a 10% drop from 2012.
- "U.S. Birth Rate Hovers at All-Time Low, CDC Reports" (Thompson, HealthDay/Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/5).