U.S. Fertility Rate Tops Among Industrialized Nations

Other Industrialized Nations Not  Reproducing

What’s Behind the American Burst of Babies? 

A stark difference between the United States and Europe.

For the first time in 35 years, the U.S. fertility rate has climbed high enough to sustain a stable population, solidifying the nation’s unique status among industrialized countries.

The overall fertility rate increased 2 percent between 2005 and 2006, nudging the average number of babies being born to each woman to 2.1, according to the latest federal statistics. That marks the first time since 1971 that the rate has reached a crucial benchmark of population growth: the ability of each generation to replace itself.

“It’s been quite a long time since we’ve had a rate this high,” said Stephanie J. Ventura of the National Center for Health Statistics. “It’s a milestone.”

Of course, if you are the sort of person who creams in their jeans at the sight of Mother Earth, the American fertility rate is a disaster.

More people mean more waste products, less “green spaces”, and more problems.

In short: in the world of the such environmentalists, the only good human is a dead human.

While the rising fertility rate was unwelcome news to some environmentalists, the “replacement rate” is generally considered desirable by demographers and sociologists because it means a country is producing enough young people to replace and support aging workers without population growth being so high it taxes national resources.

“This is a noteworthy event,” said John Bongaarts of the Population Council, a New York-based think tank. “This is a sign of demographic health. Many countries would like to be at this level.”

Mark Steyn has pointed out the falling fertility rates in Europe and been called a racist for his troubles.

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U.S. Fertility Rates: Americans Reproducing Like Rabbits 


U.S. Fertility Rates: Americans Reproducing Like Rabbits

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