HuffPo: Birth Rate Plunges, Projected To Reach Lowest Level In Decades

19 08 2012

Interesting new statistics show that the birth rate in the United States is on the decline. The reasons mentioned in this article are primarily economic, but I think there’s a bit more to it than that. I think we’re experiencing a bit of a cultural shift, with people opting to have fewer or no children because of how they choose to live their life. Perhaps because they feel they are not quite capable of being a good parent, or that having more than one child is too much for them to handle. Many of my childless peers feel like they waited too long and are too old to have children. It’s interesting to think about, and relate that to how this will impact public education in the future.

– dEV

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Posted: 07/26/2012 3:05 pm Updated: 07/27/2012 9:56 am

It’s one of those economic recoveries where we just can’t afford to reproduce.

The average number of births per woman in the U.S. is likely to plunge to a 25-year low in 2012 and 2013, according to Demographic Intelligence, a consulting firm that analyzes fertility data and forecasts birth rates, which was cited byUSA Today. The birth rate has plunged most significantly among the less educated and Hispanics, while it continues to increase among college-educated whites and Asian-Americans.

The number of children born in the U.S. has plunged 8 percent since its all-time high in 2007, and population growth is at its slowest growth rate since the Great Depression, according to government data.

A middle-income family will spend $235,000 (or $295,560 if adjusted for projected inflation) to raise a child from birth to age 17, according to the Department of Agriculture. The annual cost of raising a child is between $12,290 to $14,320 per year for middle-income families, according to a 2011 government report.

The price of parenthood is simply too high for young people, who are arguably suffering the most in the anemic job market.

According to the Labor Department, 38 percent of all unemployed workers in the U.S. are between 20 and 34 years old — key years for building job experience and making wage gains.

Even when young people do find work, their jobs don’t pay well enough to raise a family. The average starting salary for the college classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011 is $27,000 per year, down from $30,000 per year for the college classes of 2006 and 2007, according to Rutgers.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/birth-rate-economy_n_1705744.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

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19 08 2012
Virginia van der Goore

Means people are thinking before reproducing? What a concept! I personally think such access to many forms of birth control (and education about such) plays a big roll in this decline, and it is hardly a bad thing (IMO).

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