US birth rate falls to lowest since 1987

The birth rate in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years, according to a new study that also indicates a shift toward people waiting longer before having children. Birth rates are also falling in other countries.

The National Center for Health Statistics, a government agency, released its report on 2017 birth rates, which recorded a total of 3,853,472 births, a two percent drop on the figure for 2016 and the lowest since 1987.

Read the full report here.

According to the center’s analysis, the decline is prevalent in people aged 15-39, with the birth rate rising among people aged 39-44.

Source: Wikitribune