US birth rate falls for 4th consecutive year

This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(WTHR) — A new CDC report shows the number of births dropped by 2 percent in 2018, reaching an all-time low.

The teen birth rate also continued to decrease, falling another 7 percent.

The report showed there were 3,791,712 births registered din the United States in 2018. NBC News reports that's not enough babies to sustain the population. The total fertility rate in 2018 was 1,729.5 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. In order for America to reproduce its population, the CDC said there would need ot be 2,100 births per 1,000 women.

Fertility rate refers to how many children women have overall. Birth rate refers to how many children women have in a single year.

The only demographic that increased in birth rate was women between 35 and 44, indicating women are waiting longer to have children.

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