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Women in the U.S. are having fewer babies. What’s driving this trend?

The United Sates has seen a 50% decline in birth rates between 1950 and 2021. Image: Unsplash/Tucker Good

Ann M. Oberhauser

Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University

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In recent years, the number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 44) in the U.S. has been decreasing.
In recent years, the number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 44) in the U.S. has been decreasing. Image: National Center for Health Statistic

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In 2019, nine states and the District of Columbia had birth rates just below or far below the national average of 58.3 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44.
In 2019, nine states and the District of Columbia had birth rates just below or far below the national average of 58.3 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. Image: CDC via Kaiser Family Foundation

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