US Birth Rate Fell to 42-Year Low in 2020

Headline Roundup May 5th, 2021

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.

US Birth Rate Fell to 42-Year Low in 2020

From the Left
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The number of births in the U.S. fell 4% in 2020, dropping to the lowest level since 1979 and continuing a multi-year trend of declining birth rates. That's according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

The agency reported 3,605,201 births in 2020, down from 3,747,540 during the year prior, based on provisional data from more than 99% of birth certificates issued during the year. 2020 marks the sixth consecutive year that the number of births in the...

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From the Center
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The number of babies born in the U.S. dropped by 4% in 2020 compared with the previous year, according to a new federal report released Wednesday. The general fertility rate was 55.8 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, reaching yet another record low, according to the provisional data.

"This is the sixth consecutive year that the number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, down an average of 2% per year, and the lowest number of births since 1979," the National Center for Health Statistics said....

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From the Right
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The United States birth rate fell another 4% in 2020 despite expectations that the U.S. would see a “baby boom” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns. The rate is now at the “lowest point since federal health officials started tracking it more than a century ago,” according to the Associated Press.

“The U.S. birth rate fell 4% last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report being released Wednesday,” the AP reported. ‘The rate dropped for moms of every major...

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