Thursday, January 09, 2014

Where Liberalism Flourishes, Population Diminishes

As the United States follows the trends of other nations, notably those in Europe, in abandoning conservative values of family and rejecting God's command to "be fruitful and multiply," the secular hope for a sustained growing economy depends largely on immigration.
“The census projections to 2060 have us going down to half a percent because we’re an older population, and aging populations don’t grow so much.  If we have very sharp declines in growth, that takes a bite out of the economy.”
-- William Frey, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (nonpartisan research organization)
UPDATE 5/14/14: Utopian Dream Shattered by Reality of Birth Rate

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

American Trend: Fewer Children, More Animals/Pets

Sex on the Rise, Procreation in Decline

44% of 'Middle America' Births are Out of Wedlock

Childless Women: White and More Educated

Christians Will Flourish Demographically, Academic Says

Liberalism Causes Poverty in America: Study

ObamaCare Covers Abortion, Pays Abortionists

Lower Birth Rate Saves Taxpayers, Says Obama White House

UPDATE 8/10/14: Abortion Advocates Fear Extinction (because they don't procreate)

-- From "U.S. Population Grows At Slowest Rate Since The Great Depression" by Jillian Berman, The Huffington Post 12/30/13

The U.S. population grew by just 0.72 percent in the year ended July 1, 2013, the Census Bureau reported Monday. That’s the slowest growth rate since 1937. . . . [There are] fewer marriages and limited mobility, especially for America’s young people. . . .

And though the recession technically ended in June 2009, and economists are hoping for a stronger economy in 2014, population growth shows little sign of gaining strength. About half of the states showed somewhat slower growth rates this year than last year, Frey said.

U.S. population growth is expected to slow even more in the next few decades, though that’s largely not attributable to a weak economy, Frey said. Instead, the slow growth will mostly be the result of an aging population.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "U.S. Population Up Just 0.7%, Census Finds" by Tamar Lewin, New York Times 12/30/13

In January 2014, the bureau said, one birth is expected every eight seconds in the United States, and a death every 12 seconds.

The projected world population on Jan. 1, 2014, is 7,137,577,750, an increase of 77,630,563, or 1.1 percent, from Jan. 1, 2013.

In January 2014, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second. India added 15.6 million people over the one-year period. It led all countries, followed by China, Nigeria, Pakistan and Ethiopia.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "CDC: U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low for 2nd Straight Year; 40.7% of Babies Born to Unmarried Women" by Terence P. Jeffrey, 1/8/14

The U.S. fertility rate has dropped from year-to-year for each of the last five years. In 2007, it was 69.3. In 2008, it was 68.1. In 2009, it was 66.2. In 2010, it was 64.1. In 2011, it was 63.2. And, in 2012, it was 63.0.

Since 1960, the fertility rate in the United States has declined 46.6 percent. In that year, 118 babies were born per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.

. . . 2012 thus marked the fifth straight year that 40 percent or more of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried women.

The percentage of American babies born to unmarried mothers has more than doubled since 1980. That year, only 18.4 percent of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Births: Final Data for 2012" by Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H. et. al., U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 12/30/13

The 2012 general fertility rate declined to 63.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, another historic low for the United States. The total fertility rate declined 1%, to 1,880.5 births per 1,000 women in 2012.

Birth rates declined among women in their early 20s between 2011 and 2012 to a new record low. The rate was also down for women 25-29 years, but increased for women aged 30 to 44 years. Birth rates for the youngest (under 15 years) and the oldest mothers (45 years and higher) were unchanged.

To read the entire government report, CLICK HERE.

From "Four Years Into Economic Recovery, America’s Fertility Rate Remains Depressed" by Neil Shah, The Wall Street Journal 12/31/13

Low fertility means less growth in a country’s population, barring a pickup in immigration. Fewer people can mean fewer workers to propel the economy and a smaller tax base to draw from to pay the benefits due retired Americans.

“The fact that fertility has continued to drop, post-recession, suggests that this decline is linked to longer-term, non-economic factors,” said Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau, a nonprofit demographic research group.  “A growing number of young adults are going to college and postponing marriage and family formation.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Unplanned pregnancies don't necessarily mean marriage anymore" by Hope Yen, Associated Press 1/7/14

Demographers say the cohabiting trend among new parents is likely to continue. Social stigma regarding out-of-wedlock births is loosening, and economic factors play a role.

About 18.1 percent of all single women who became pregnant opted to move in with their boyfriends before the child was born, according to 2006-2010 data from the government's National Survey of Family Growth, the latest available. That is compared to 5.3 percent who chose a post-conception marriage, according to calculations by Daniel Lichter, a Cornell sociologist.

As recently as the early 1990s, 25 percent of such couples got married.

Since the early 1990s, the share of out-of-wedlock, cohabiting births has grown from 11 percent to 24 percent, while those to noncohabiting, single mothers has remained steady at 16 percent.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read More Women Shack Up & Give Birth; Marriage Rare as well as Most Non-committal Cohabitants' First Marriage Ends

In addition, read how low birth rates cause European nationalities to fear that they will cease to exist, especially Russia and even Germany.