Apr. 11, 2014

Birth rates lag in Europe and the U.S., but the desire for kids does not

While there are many factors driving what some deem a ‘Baby Bust’ in Europe and—to a lesser extent—the U.S., a lack of desire for children is not among them.

Jan. 3, 2014

In terms of childlessness, U.S. ranks near the top worldwide

American women have one of the highest rates of childlessness in the world and one of the lowest average number of births.

Nov. 15, 2013

Will the end of China’s one-child policy shift its boy-girl ratio?

While son preference remains a strong cultural norm in China, it will be interesting to see if the loosening of the one-child policy will lead to an increasing share of baby girls in the country.

Sep. 24, 2013

The odds that you will give birth to a boy or girl depend on where in the world you live

Research over hundreds of years has consistently found that boys naturally outnumber girls at birth. The speculation is that this is nature’s way of countering the relatively high mortality rates of males, and creating more of a gender balance in the population.  While historically, there have been about 105 boys born for every 100 girls […]

Fact Tank Sep. 6, 2013

Chart of the Week: Big drop in birth rate may be leveling off

The release of 2012 statistics on the U.S. birth rates indicates a flattening of the sharp decline in fertility that accompanied the Great Recession.

Jul. 10, 2013

In Canada, most babies now born to women 30 and older

In the U.S. and many other nations, it’s no longer unusual for women to have a first child at age 35 or even 40. In Canada, this rise in births to older mothers has produced a striking turnabout: For the first time on record, birth rates are higher for women in their late 30s than in their early 20s.

Jul. 3, 2013

Birth rates hit record low for those under 25, still on the rise for those 40+

The overall U.S. birth rate declined to an all-time low in 2011. Birth rates reached an all-time low among women in their teens and early 20s, while rising to the highest level in four decades among women in their early 40s.

Fact Tank May. 28, 2013

What’s behind the falling teen birth rates?

The sharp drop in teen birth rates, especially among Hispanic teens, appears to be linked to both economic and attitudinal factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that the birth rate among 15- to 19-year-olds had fallen to a record low 31.3 births per 1,000 in 2011. Teen birth rates dropped for […]

May. 10, 2013

Record Share of New Mothers Are College Educated

Women with infant children in the U.S. are more educated than ever, reflecting a decades-long rise in the educational levels of all women and a steep decline in births among less-educated women.

Dec. 14, 2012

Census Bureau Lowers Forecast and ’Loses’ 39 Million Future Americans

The Census Bureau’s new national population projections released this week forecast markedly lower growth for the nation in the coming decades—especially from immigration—than the last official projection in 2008.