Thursday, June 06, 2013

Births in 2012

The baby bust continues. The number of births in 2012 was unchanged from the number in 2011, according to provisional estimates released by the National Center for Health Statistics. In 2012, 3,958,000 babies were born, 8 percent below the all-time high of 4,316,233 in 2007.

The fertility rate (number of births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44) continues at its all-time low. The rate was 63.2 in 2012, the same as in 2011 and 9 percent below the 69.3 of 2007.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Recent Trends in Births and Fertility Rates through December 2012

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