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Continuing a 12-year decline, the U.S. birth rate has dropped to the lowest level since national data have been available, according to statistics just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The rate of births among teenagers also fell to a new record low, continuing a decline that began in 1991.
Elsewhere in the world's second-largest economy, the situation is similarly worrying. The national birthrate in 2008 was 1.37 children per woman -- up from a record low of 1.26 in 2005, but still nowhere near what the country needs to replenish its population. If current trends continue, Japan's population will fall to 95 million by 2050, from about 127 million now.
At the same time, low fertility is accelerating the ageing of European populations. As a region, Europe in 2000 had the highest percentage of people age 65 or older — 15 percent. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census, this percentage is expected to nearly double by 2050.
These demographic trends portend difficult times ahead for European economies. For example, a shrinking workforce can reduce productivity. At the same time, the growing proportion of elderly individuals threatens the solvency of pension and social insurance systems. As household sizes decrease, the ability to care for the elderly diminishes. Meanwhile, elderly people face growing health care needs and costs. Taken together, these developments could pose significant barriers to achieving the European Union (EU) goals of full employment, economic growth, and social cohesion.
In recent years, Chinese demographers have become increasingly vocal in pushing for an end to the one-child policy, which was adopted in 1980. Among their concerns is the large increase in older residents. The census found 13.3% of China's population is over 60—some 2.9 percentage points higher than in 2000. Also worrying is a deepening imbalance in the sex ratio at birth, which rose from 116.9 boys per 100 girls in 2000 to 118.1 boys per 100 girls.
Birth rate pushes UK population to greatest increase in almost 50 years
The average UK-born woman has 1.84 children – an increase of 10% in just four years – while women living here who were born abroad have about 2.5 children. The ONS figures show that nearly a quarter of babies in England and Wales in 2008 were born to mothers who came from outside the UK, most commonly women from Pakistan, Poland and India.
In the past Australia was a relatively youthful country. In 1970-71, 31 per cent of the population was aged 15 years or younger, while by 2001-02 this proportion had dropped to 22 per cent. The proportion of Australia’s population aged over 65 years has grown from 8 per cent in 1970-71 to 13 per cent in 2001-02. The IGR projects that over the next 40 years, the proportion of the population over 65 years will almost double to around 25 per cent. At the same time, growth in the population of traditional workforce age is expected to slow to almost zero. This is a permanent change. Barring an unprecedented change in fertility rates, the age structure of the population is likely to stabilise with a far higher proportion of older Australians.
Originally posted by mcsandy
reply to post by BigBruddah
My first thought after I read your OP was the availability of birth control, abortion and what American gov't likes to call "planned parenthood." As a mother of a 21 yr old and a 3 yr old, I couldn't afford to have more and the second was a surprise but studies have shown that it can take upwards of $250k to raise a child through high school and that is low balling the numbers.
If you are to place on your ATS hat, common belief would be indoctrination of population control through sex education in the US public schools as well as the availability of birth control for the younger sexually active generations. Plus ObamaCare is doubling down and insisting that religious run educational institutions provide contraception and he is definitely not winning over Catholic Nuns & Priests running their school systems where many provide healthcare as well.
Lastly - forgive me I can't recall if the OP stated but doesn't China only allow for one child per family due to over population? Blatant population control and I am sure it is only a matter of time before the US gov't starts spaying and neutering its' sheople before long because of the "unpure" bloodlines until they are need of sheople to be kettled for the purposes of their wallets and their personal lifestyles.
Originally posted by BigBruddah
reply to post by Flother
Yeah there is some truth behind, that but no one has so far addressed how we are going to rectify this problem (besides time travel). I believe this issue is very big and there are many many conspiracies involved with it, yet so far there have been few serious replies to this thread.