Document Type

Report

Publication Date

1-2015

Publication Topic

Birth/Deaths/Natural Change

Abstract

Recently released 2013 births data show that U.S. fertility rates among major racial and ethnic groups are now much more similar than in the recent past. This is in contrast to the perception that Hispanic fertility rates are vastly above those among Blacks and Whites.

The data released January 15, 2015 by the National Center for Health Statistics showed the number of Hispanic births in the U.S. has declined in each annual period from 2007 to 2013. The 2013 U.S. fertility rate among Hispanics now stands at 73 births per thousand women aged 15‐44, down from 98 in 2006 prior to the economic downturn and 108 in 1990. The U.S. fertility rate among Black non‐Hispanics was 65 in 2013, or only an 8 point difference versus the Hispanic rate, the smallest difference in at least 25 years. Prior to the recession, the Black fertility rate was nearly 30 points below the Hispanic rate.

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