No Baby Boom Here
The U.S. birth rate was just 12 per 1,000 people in 2022, and the average American woman is now expected to have just 1.6 children in her lifetime — compare that with 3.65 in 1960, the height of the Baby Boom. According to a 2021 Pew Research Center study, 44% of non-parents ages 18 to 49 say they’re unlikely to have children in the future, a significant jump of 7% from 2018. And while it’s easy to assume Americans are deciding against kids for any number of factors — for instance, the pandemic or the skyrocketing price of raising a child — the No. 1 reason is much more straightforward, Pew found.