A report released by the Pew Research Center has revealed that the birth rate in the US has dropped considerably after 2008 – probably due to recession.
In 2007, a record number of 4.3 million births had been recorded but in 2010, the provisional data available indicates that the figure dropped to just over 4 million.
An analysis tends to link poor economy with declining fertility rates and race and ethnicity also play some role in defining the birth rate. During the period 2008-2009, there was a decline by 5.9% in Hispanic women, 2.4% among the black women and 1.6% among the whites.
However, while the birth rate is going down, there is an increase in population because of the influx of immigrants who land up in the US in the hope of better living conditions and a better life.