Advertisement What these numbers mean for the U.S. population is that the country won't be able to achieve a "viable replacement rate" — the standard for any given generation to replicate its total. May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m. The number of births has also declined, and last year was its lowest level since 1987. Children just seem like such an enormous financial undertaking.” The country has had declines before.
The numbers of births to 10- to 14-year-old girls decreased in 2017. The rate for whites has dropped about 4 percent, for blacks about 11 percent and for Asians about 5 percent. Historically, the number of babies born in the U.S. has gradually risen since a sharp decline in the early 1970s. The Two-Way is the place to come for breaking news, analysis and for stories that are just too interesting – or too entertaining – to pass up.