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U.S. Birth Rate Lowest Since 1986

This is the fourth year in a row that the national birth rate has dropped.

ATLANTA --  The U.S. birth rate is the lowest since 1986. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were just under three-point-eight-million births last year, the fourth year in a row of falling rates. 

The drop was recorded across all major ethnic and racial groups. 

Currently, births are below replacement level. This means that the fertility rate is below what is needed for the population to replace itself. 

Between 1990 and 2015, birth rates were bolstered by immigrant women, without whom the decline in births would have been twice as large. 

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