Why America's Baby Bust Threatens Our Position As World Leader

Declining birth rates may excite people, but the prospect of fewer Americans poses serious problems.

For years the birth rate has been declining across much of the industrialized world. In many Western European…

The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of US births in 2017 was the lowest since 1987 at 3.85 million. The birth rate was 1,765 births per 1,000 women (1.765), which is well below the 2,100 births, an average of 2.1 children per woman, that represent a replacement level, the number of births needed to maintain the current population. In short, the native-born population of the US is declining.

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