Why Americans are having fewer children

The report estimates that 3,853,472 babies were born nationally last year — the fewest in 30 years and down from a 2007 record high of 4,316,233.The total fertility rate in 2017 was “below replacement — the level at which a given generation can replace itself” when deaths are also taken into account, the report says, also noting that this has generally been the case since 1971.”There are experts out there who would argue that, given limited resources, maybe there’s an advantage to lower population growth, which could be driven by fewer births,” said Gretchen Livingston, a senior researcher at Pew Research Center who has analyzed these data for years but was not involved in the new report. “But on the

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