Number of U.S. Births Climbs for First Time Since 2007

Posted on June 21, 2015

A new study from the PEW Research Center has found an increase in U.S. births for the first time since 2007. 2007 is when a "baby recession" began and U.S. births starting declining. This coincided with an actual recession.

The decline in U.S. births has been steady since 2007 as you can see in the charts on the release from PEW. There were 4.3 million births in 2007. Last year a total of 3,985,924 babies were born. This was an increase of 54,000 from 2013.

Many media outlets are declaring this to be an end to the "baby recession." A Washington Post article says this doesn't necessarily mean the so-called baby recession is over. Steven Martin, a researcher of social demography at the Urban Institute, tells the Post that the rise in births has more to do with a larger population of women in their childbearing years.

The new Pew study also found that the share of births to unmarried women fell for the first time since 1995. However, it didn't fall by much. What is changing is the age of women having babies. Today 43% of births are women over 30. This is a big jump from 36% in 2000.