U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump

In 2018, U.S. birthrates fell for nearly all racial and age groups, the CDC says. Here, mothers and babies attend a yoga class at in Culver City, Calif., in March.

“The birthrate is a barometer of despair,” demographer Dowell Myers says. Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born.

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