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US Birthrate Declines for the 6th Year in a Row | Young Adults Explain Why They Are Not Having Kids

US Birthrate Declines for the 6th Year in a Row | Young Adults Explain Why They Are Not Having Kids

The total fertility rate in the US is far "below replacement," which means that not enough kids are born in the current generation to replace the current one.

The falling birthrate in a country is always a cause for concern because there will be fewer people who can take the country forward. In the US, the birthrate declined by 4% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a new federal report. "This is the sixth consecutive year that the number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, down an average of 2% per year, and the lowest number of births since 1979," the National Center for Health Statistics said.

The total fertility rate in the US is far "below replacement," which means that not enough kids are born in the current generation to replace the current one, as per NPR. "The rate has generally been below replacement since 1971 and has consistently been below replacement since 2007," according to the agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



 

Even though multiple celebrities had babies over the last year, the pandemic is actually adding to the decline in the birthrate. There were 3,605,201 births in the United States in 2020, which is the lowest number since 1979, according to The New York Times. "The birthrate is the lowest it’s ever been,” Kenneth Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire, said. "At some point, the question is going to be: The women who delayed having babies, are they ever going to have them? If they don’t, that’s a permanent notch in the American births structure."

This report had experts debating about the hows and whys of it, but some young adults decided to add in their two cents as well. "If your "why is the birthrate decreasing" story doesn't talk about student debt, untenable childcare and healthcare costs, housing costs, patriarchy & the enduring unequal distribution of labor in the home it is not a good "why is the birthrate decreasing" story," tweeted writer Anne Helen Petersen.

Here are some tweets that show why young adults and millennials are increasingly choosing not to have children:

1. "This country does not support parents"



 

2. "Massive debt"



 

3. The numbers say it all



 

4. "Horrors of consciousness"



 

5. "Women do not actually owe the world babies"



 

6. "Impossible for them to buy houses"



 

7. "Climate change"



 

8. "Older generations"



 

9. "Provide free childcare"



 

10. "Skepticism"



 

11. "Chaotic world"



 

12. "The youth are thinking things through"



 

13. "Can't afford it"



 

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/vsrr012-508.pdf

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/05/993817146/u-s-birth-rate-fell-by-4-in-2020-hitting-another-record-low?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/us/us-birthrate-falls-covid.html

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