2018 saw the US birthrate fall by 2%, making it the fourth consecutive year of birth declines, according to the provisional birth rate report from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is thought that the cause of this is due to a cultural shift in people of childbearing age; the lack of job security is driving people to have smaller families at a later age. Furthermore, due to political and environmental turmoil, they feel less optimistic about the future and the world that they would be bringing a child into. Additionally, the lack of parental leave and other support systems makes it hard to juggle work and a family.
It is predicted that the US’ future population growth will increasingly rely on immigration.