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US birth rate falls to record low


The overall birth rate, calculated as the annual number of births per 1000 women of child-bearing age, fell by 8 per cent from 2007 to 2010, according to studies by the Pew Research Center.

While the birth rate for US-born women during these years fell by 6 per cent, the rate for foreign-born women fell by 14 per cent and the rate for Mexican women dropped by 23 per cent.

The rate for 2011 was projected to be 63.2 per 1,000 women, the lowest in the US since 1920, when birth rate records began.

Research by Pew suggests that the economic downturn from 2007 onwards and the subsequent drop in household wealth among Hispanic and foreign-born women could be reasons for the fall in births.

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