Headline RoundupMay 5th, 2021

US Birth Rate Fell to 42-Year Low in 2020

Summary from the AllSides News Team

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of births fell 4% in 2020 from the previous year, hitting the lowest point since 1979. The news follows a downward birthrate trend in recent years that was likely exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC reported 3,605,201 births in 2020, down from 3,747,540 during the year prior; according to this report, 2020 is the sixth consecutive year the number of births in the U.S. has fallen. The general fertility rate also fell to a record low in 2020, dropping to 55.8 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, down 4% from 2019. Left- and right-rated outlets covered the news very similarly, often highlighting it on their websites Wednesday and citing some of the same studies and data. Sources throughout the spectrum focused on the pandemic's role in the declining birthrate, and that fact that most female age groups experienced a drop-off in births during 2020.

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