Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 21 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Anselm of Canterbury
home iconNews
line break icon

U.S. birthrate drops in spite of coronavirus lockdown

NEWBORN

Daniel catrihual | Shutterstock

Zelda Caldwell - published on 01/29/21

Several states reported significant drops in December birthrates compared to a year before.

One might have expected the coronavirus lockdown that began last March to have resulted in a coronavirus baby boom, as couples found themselves at home together all the time.

A recent study by NBCLX found that, on the contrary, in December of 2020, nine months after the lockdown began, birthrates in a number of states plummeted.

According to the study, among the states that have seen a baby bust are Florida (down 8% from Dec. 2019); Ohio (down 7%); and Arizona (down 5%).  

“This is a bad situation,” said Philip Cohen, a sociologist and demographer at the University of Maryland told LX.com.  “The declines we’re seeing now are … pretty substantial.”

“People make long-term decisions when they have confidence about the future, and if there’s anything that undermines confidence about the future, it’s this massive pandemic,” he said.

The decrease in the birthrate follows a trend that demographers have noted in recent years.

According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birthrates and other measures of population growth reached record lows in 2019. Women in the U.S. are now projected to have about 1.71 children  – that’s a decrease of 1% from 2018 and below the rate of 2.1 needed to replace a generation.

“The (total fertility) rate has generally been below replacement since 1971 and consistently below replacement since 2007,” the CDCP report says.

In 2019 3.75 million babies were born in the U.S., a decrease of 1% since 2018 and the lowest level since 1985, according to the CDC.


PORÓD

Read more:
U.S. birthrates down for fourth year in a row


PREGNANT

Read more:
Hungary waives income tax for mothers of 4 in bid to restore sustainable birthrate

Tags:
Pro-life
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
KIDS,WATERMELON,BEACH
Cerith Gardiner
New study shows that these 2 childhood habits make you a happier ...
2
EUCHARIST
Philip Kosloski
5 Fascinating facts about Jesus in the Eucharist
3
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
4
HEART OF JESUS
Bret Thoman, OFS
“Jesus, you take care of it”: Prayer of a priest Padr...
5
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
6
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
The lasting lesson from the late Prince Philip
7
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.