US Birth Certificate Rates in 2022: 4 Quick Facts

US states produce millions of birth certificates each year, and since the pandemic started, the past 2 years were no exception.

Over 3.5 million babies were born in the United States during the course of 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, in real terms, this represented a quite significant drop from the 3.7 million in 2019.

While this trend would continue for some time, we can finally see a steady growth in the number of births in 2022.

Of course, birth registration is an essential piece of data that is used to calculate the national fertility rate. Health indicators can also give a very important view on the country’s overall health.

Read on below to learn 4 key facts about birth rates during previous years and how the numbers looked for the different demographics and age groups.

Fact 1: The Birth Rate Was Down 4% from 2019

In 2020, 55.8 birth certificates were generated per 1,000 women nationwide. This represented a 4% drop in the rate from the previous year.

It’s likely the pandemic played a big part in this decrease, although the 2019 rate of 58.2 births per 1000 women was already a record low for the country.

This trend then continued during the first half of 2021. The rate dropped another 2% during the first 6 months of the year.

The largest drop was in January, with a decline of 9%. Since January 2021, the rate of births has been increasing and at the moment it is steadily growing.

After the first year of the pandemic, 2021 saw an overall increase of .09% of births compared to the previous year.

Following this trend, the amount of births is set to grow another .09% in 2022.

Fact 2: Monthly Birth Rates Started off Slow and Fell As The Pandemic Continued

Looking at the statistics for each month in 2020, the birth rate started off lower, although fell even more dramatically as the year went on and the pandemic took hold.

August and December were the lowest months on record in 2020, with drops of 7% and 8% respectively.

Since June 2021 it seems that birth rates are starting to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Fact 3: In Terms of Race, the Biggest Fall in Delivery Rates Were Among Non-Hispanic Asians

Live births dropped among all racial groups in the United States during 2020.

However, the most dramatic fall affected non-Hispanic Asians, with nearly double the decline in birth rates compared to other demographics. In this group, it fell by 9%.

The drop-off was also high for non-Hispanic American Indians or Alaskan Natives (AI/AN), which recorded a fall of 7%, compared to other groups which averaged a decline of 4%.

During the first half of 2021 the rate continued to sharply decline for non-Hispanic Asians with a drop of 19% in birth rate.

Other racial groups continued to have a falling birth rate. Non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites showed a fall of 7% and 11% respectively.

Fact 4: Birth Rates Fell Most Among the Under 25 Age Group

The birth rate for women under the age of 25 fell the most during 2020, with a 5% decrease for 20-24 years olds and 8% for 15-19 year olds over the 12-month period.

By comparison, birth rates were highest for women aged 30-35, although there was a 3% dip from 2019’s stats.

States with Highest and Lowest Birth Rates in 2022

Compared to pre-pandemic levels, the amount of births in the United States is still low. However, since 2020 the rate of births has increased by .09% in 2021, and by .09% again in 2022.

The data suggests that Americans feel safer having a child now in 2022 than in 2020 and 2021.

These are the states that have recorded the highest number of births per 1,000 population so far in 2022.

  • Utah
  • North Dakota
  • Alaska
  • South Dakota
  • Texas

As of now, the birth rate in the United States is 11.6 per 1,000, which is a noticeable increase since the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021.

Favorite Baby Names in 2021

Even with the declining birth rate, millions of babies were born during 2021. At the end of the year, it was possible to rank the most popular names given to newborns across the United States.

These are the 10 most popular baby names of the previous year for both boys and girls.

Ranking Boys name Girls name
1 Liam Olivia
2 Noah Emma
3 Oliver Charlotte
4 Elijah Amelia
5 James Ava
6 William Sophia
7 Benjamin Isabella
8 Lucas Mia
9 Henry Evelyn
10 Theodore Harper

Essential vital records such as birth certificates are not just important for recording key statistics such as the national birth rates. They are also crucial for personal identification purposes.

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