Only half of US women under 45 have children: CDC survey

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A newly published survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Survey of Family Growth has revealed a decline in the number of children Americans are having, as well as the increasing age at which American women have their first child.

The survey, published on Tuesday, covers the years 2015 through 2019, and found that in this time frame 52.1 percent of women between the ages of 15-44 had at least one biological child, while between 2011 and 2015, this number was 54.9 percent.

For men, between 2015 and 2019 39.7 percent had at least one biological child, while this number was 43.8 percent between 2011 and 2015.

It was also revealed that the birth rate in the US to be 1.1 children for women under the age of 45, down from 1.3 in 2002. For men, this number has dropped to 0.8 children.

The age at which women under the age of 45 have their first child has increased, from 23.1 between 2011 and 2015 up to 23.7 between 2015 to 2019. In 2002, this age was 22.9.

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