Friday, May 25, 2012

2011 Births Below 4 Million

Fewer than 4 million babies were born in the United States in 2011, according to provisional estimates released by the National Center for Health Statistics. This is the first time that the annual number of births has fallen below 4 million since 1999. In 2011, 3,961,000 babies were born--1 percent fewer than the 4,000,279 births of 2010 and 8 percent below the all-time high of 4,316,233 births in 2007.

The 2011 fertility rate fell to an all-time low of 63.4 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Recent Trends in Births and Fertility Rates through December 2011 

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