They have declined across the board, save for women over 35. The entire report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics can be found here. Here’s a snippet from the results:
The provisional number of births for the United States in 2018 was 3,788,235, down 2% from 2017 and the lowest number of births in 32 years. The general fertility rate was 59.0 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, down 2% from 2017 and another record low for the United States. The total fertility rate declined 2% to 1,728.0 per 1,000 women in 2018, another record low for the nation. Birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women under 35, but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s. The birth rate for teenagers aged 15-19 was down 7% in 2018 to 17.4 births per 1,000 women; rates declined for both younger (aged 15-17) and older (aged 18-19) teenagers.
While the birth rate overall dropping tells a story, what’s actually important is the birth rate by race. Babies born in America aren’t magically a new race that is “American” so the total birth rate doesn’t really matter if a large portion of the country does not want to adhere to the standards and principles the country was founded on anyway. Non-hispanic whites continue to lag behind, exacerbating the problem of what will soon be a majority non-white country. But the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 won’t change the demographics of the country, right? Not surprisingly, they don’t give the race statistics in the same way as every other statistic they cite. Instead of telling us the birth rate by race, they simply supply the raw numbers. This is a ploy. Non-hispanic whites had more overall births, just over twice as many births as Hispanics, but when you consider non-Hispanic whites make up about 65% of the population and Hispanics just under 20% that tells quite a different story on who is breeding in larger numbers, by a noticeable margin. People will continue to pretend they do not care or that this does not matter. Just remember that when the percentages flip. And remember where these people came from and how they ran their governments in their home countries. This is what we have to look forward to.
In an age where we are told to live for today, who cares about tomorrow, YOLO, etc, it is not surprising to see birth rates continue to drop in the West. Christianity, which instills a mentality of planting seeds today for trees under which you will never enjoy the shade, has continued to be attacked and removed. This, perhaps more than any other factor, has decimated birth rates too. We have grown fat and lazy, indulge way too much in entertainment and other useless vices, and have grown complacent. It is easy to see the mentality of “who wants the responsibility of kids” when there’s so much other entertainment and distraction out there. Couple this with back-breaking taxes and the near impossibility of buying a house that won’t steep you in debt for 30 years and it only gets worse. The only people who benefit from having more kids are those on welfare, further sucking the financial life out of hard-working people.
Sadly, the other factor nobody wants to talk about is the declining birth rate as women become more educated and work more. One would hope we could have both, but clearly that is not happening. If people were willing to have an open and honest conversation about this, perhaps something could be done about it. Men and women age-wise might be better off taking different approaches to education and a career. Might it not make more sense for women to marry and have kids before investing 10+ years in higher education and establishment in the workforce? Is it even possible to wonder if this is a possibility without some people flipping out? Just throwing it out there.
These birth rate trends cannot, and will not, last. When the economic system finally becomes overloaded due to the combination of increased debt spending, yoking earners with ever more financial responsibility for those sucking off the government tit through welfare programs, and the demographic flip, the collapse will not be pretty. And the longer it is put off the more it will hurt.
While this all sounds dour, there is hope. At least for Christians. That is one of the many beautiful things about Christianity; hope. We are long overdue for a major correction. It will come in the form of economic collapse and war. Over 100 million immigrants and their descendants have come here since 1965 slowly eroding away the fabric of the country. Eventually it will break. Now is the time to move to a place and around people you can associate with and build strong communities. Christians need to band together. The inevitable loss of entertainment and “easy times” will help pave the way to higher birth rates, and honestly would it be such a bad thing to not be so globally connected and lost in our smart phones all day? Strong, local, communities will spring up. New nations will rise.