Thursday, September 26, 2013

Money Woes May to Blame for Waning US Birth Rate

The birth rate in the United States is in decline, but at the same time, the vast majority of Americans say they want kids.


Even though the vast majority of Americans say they have, want or wish they had kids, the reality is that fewer children are being born in the United States. A new Gallup survey suggests financial pressures are one reason for the trend.

Americans' views about having kids have hardly changed since 1990: More than nine in 10 adults today say they have kids, are planning to have kids or wish they had kids, a new Gallup survey found. Just 5 percent say they don't want children; 4 percent said the same in 1990.

Despite these barely-changed attitudes, the U.S. birth rate has dropped 11 percent since 1990. In 2011, the fertility rate in the United States fell to an all-time low, at 63.2 births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 44, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 1990, the fertility rate was 70.9 births per 1,000 women. (10 Scientific Tips For Raising Happy Kids).
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