US birth rate sees biggest fall for nearly 50 years

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated a longer-term trend for women to have fewer children, with the rate dropping to 1.6 per woman

The US birth rate has fallen 4% in the largest single-year drop in nearly 50 years, according to a government report.

The rate dropped for mothers of every major race and ethnicity, and in nearly all age groups, falling to the lowest point since federal health officials started tracking it more than a century ago, the report due to be published on Wednesday said.

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