A disturbing report on the fertility rate in the United States indicates that it has fallen to its lowest point in the last 40 years. US government Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calculated that there were 3.85 births in 2017. This means a total fertility rate of around 1.76 births per woman during her lifetime, which is far below that needed for population replacement. According to demographers, the minimum replacement rate is 2.1. In fact, the current rate of 1.76 is a dramatic drop from 2007, when there were 4.31 million births and the fertility rate was 2.08, see HERE entire report.
Why is it a disturbing news? It has bioethical, sociological and economic effects, we underline one of them:
The American and global increase of the age imbalance
So here we are now, with a global fertility rate of just 2.5 – roughly half of what it was 50 years ago. Today, 46% of the world’s population lives in countries that are below the average global replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman. Because many countries are not repopulating enough to sustain their current populations, we are seeing a substantial imbalance in the ratio of elderly dependents to working-age people, which will only intensify over the coming decades (see more HERE).
See global trend from 1960 bellow