USA Today Reports that, “The drop in U.S. births to their lowest level since 1920 is sounding alarms about the nation’s ability to support its fast-growing elderly population. As public concern mounts, a growing number of books, reports and columns are laying out challenges the United States will face because of this demographic upheaval: Fewer babies are being born while the wave of 78 million older Baby Boomers have only begun to retire (the oldest turn 67 this year).”
For instance, according to NPR, “The rate at which American women are having babies fell by 1 percent in 2011, continuing a decline that’s been under way for years. There were 63.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2011 (the lowest on record), compared with 64.1 in 2010 and 66.2 in 2009.”
In the article, Decline in Births, “The number of births to women ages 20–24 declined 3% from 2010 to 2011, and the birth rate dropped 5%. The birth rate was 85.3 births per 1,000, the lowest ever recorded in the USA, the report notes. For those 25–29, the birth rate, 107.2 births per 1,000 women, was the lowest since 1976.