Drastic Declines in U.S. Birth Rate
Drastic Declines in U.S. Birth Rate
Birth rates drastically drop while life expectancy sinks to the lowest number in 25 years. What is happening and why?
From the Daily Mail . . . . People do not have enough children anymore.
A baby boom in the mid-20th century saw the average woman give birth to between three and four children. Today, just 1.6 children – the lowest level recorded since data was first tracked in 1800.
This could lead to economic devastation in America down the line – as the federal government would need to collect more taxes to fund programs such as Medicare and Social Security – while dishing out less benefits to each person.
The downward trend of American fertility has accelerated in recent decades . . .
According to the US Census Bureau, the fertility rate – which measures how many children an average woman will give birth to during her life – was 1.6 in 2020.
This falls far below the level of 2.1 needed to maintain current population levels.
Many have pointed to high costs of child care, student debt held by Americans in their early 20s and other financial pressures.
A report by the First Five Year Fund found that the costs of raising a child have increased 220 percent over the last three decades – with it costing around $10,000 per year to raise a child under the age of six.
Americans also now owe over $3trillion in collective student debt, a figure that has doubled over the past 20 years. . . .
Census data projects that the US population will start falling by 2035 – unprecedented in the nation’s 250-year history. . . .
‘We are actually only just beginning to understand the myriad [of] challenges that sustained low fertility will have on societies.’
Fertility in the US has long been falling. A half-century ago in 1970, the average woman was having 2.39 children over her entire life-span.
In 1920 – a full century ago – the rate was at 3.17. Earliest available data from 1800 puts the rate at 7.04. . . .
In research published last week, Dr Kearney and Dr Levine investigated potential causes of this decline in fertility . . .
[R]esearchers believe it is a result of Americans, and women in particular, changing priorities in recent decades. . . .
This means that instead of having multiple children to boost the families productivity, families will opt to have fewer offspring and instead invest as many resources as possible into their individual success throughout life.
But he said that ‘it is not clear why that happens’ repeatedly across the world. . . .
America, and many other western nations, face long-term harm unless they can come up with a solution. . . .
Industries that cater to older people, like elderly care, should expect to grow – while toy and game companies could expect to shrink.
What do you think is behind the low birth rates? Please post a comment.
(From the Daily Mail. Photo Credit: Getty Images.)
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I bind the demonic attack on our children. The bible often stated Abraham, Isacc and Jacob and the trigenerational anointing is in the Bible. Children are our most treasured wonder of God and that is why the devil attacks it so heavily. Men having sex with men and woman with woman is unnatural and does not produce children. Sex transition surgeries is child abuse. The devil is the father of lies and a toothless lion. Transgenderism nonsense does not produce children. Dangerous covid vaccines and boosters have attacked fertility. Jesus’s enemies are under His feet on the footstool. We have that same authority. Abortion is right from baal and the ecclesia has territorial taking power. Let God arise and his enemies be scattered. His truth is marching on. Exposure in here in America’s face. Woke is awakening. I have hope that America is and will be saved. Let us cut off the head of the head of the enemy and pierce his temple.
I think economic reasons. Also young people are so confused about their gender issues. Men want to be women women want to be men. Total confusion. Young people are more me conscious, rather than giving themselves to a child. They may have children later in life. Lack of mate material. If guys and girls are confused about their sexuality what are their choices. Also remarkable hatred for the unborn. The way these people acted when Roe vs Wade ?was terminated was appalling, the denegration of children going on in our world today demonstrates a lack of love for our children. Also young people may not want to bring children into a world they feel is terminal. Climate change and the future of the world has the young to afraid to have children. Because America has moved away from God and His blessings. The church also. We must repent and return to the Lord.
Children are a GIFT from God–why do we so want to accept all of His other gifts(stuff, money, position, etc.,) but not that which He Himself called a “reward”? Pretty sure most(all?) of our issues are because we refuse to think like He does….
Heavenly Father, we ask for Your divine intervention. We see the effects of a nation which pushed You out of our families, schools, government and tried replacing You with flesh led desires. We have said a family doesn’t need a father and a mother, we have tried to redefine genders, we have not honored our parents, we have gone after our own desires, not setting them aside. We have worshiped Hollywood (porn capital of the world), sports, big money, introduced witches, drugs, devious sexual ideologies to our children and removed the most innocent when not convenient. We said that leaders (of all kinds) can lie, cheat, mislead and still be called relevant, but we have not stood on the Word of God. LORD, hear our plea for forgiveness, for going so far astray. Redeem this nation and her next generation. Loosed these strongholds of sin and let our first love for You return even greater than ever before. In Jesus’ matchless and mighty name. Amen.
Especially if we are including data from 1800, to what extent does this information reflect how many children live to adulthood? People had to expect disease to cause loss of some offspring for centuries. Also, even the US was a much more agrarian society until WWII. More children meant chores got done on the farm. Now they just mean more expense and a need to keep them disciplined and educated. The newer birth rate may be an overreaction but just expecting it to be what it used to be may be unrealistic.
Lord, I pray you use this as an opportunity to bring our orphans into loving homes and get rid of the need for orphanages all together! In Jesus Name, Amen!
I believe that women in child bearing years see the profound changes in our society and government. If I were one of them, I would have concerns also
I believe the early use of birth control prescriptions has made it more difficult to conceive once the woman is ready to have a child.
Also, taking the jab that purposely is being used for depopulation and women becoming sterile. Now biden demanding babies and children get it. How evil. A two year old just died a day after receiving the jab and flu shot. We should have righteous anger over this.
We are to hate the things of this world which includes pharmacia, we have become so entrenched in believing drugs help or cure over the natural things God provided for us.