US Birth Certificate Rates in 2020: 4 Quick Facts

US states produce millions of birth certificates each year, and 2020 was no exception.

Over 3.5 million babies were born in the United States during the course of 2020.

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

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

Read on below to learn 4 key facts about birth rates during the year 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.

Of course, 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 would seem likely to continue into 2021, although it is not known to what extent.

Fact 2: Monthly Birth Rates Started off Slow and Fell As The Year 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 last year, with drops of 7% and 8% respectively.

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%.

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.

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

A copy of your birth certificate is all important if you need to renew a passport, get your driver’s license, or enroll in school.

If you want to complete any of these tasks and you’ve lost or damaged your original copy, you can easily order a replacement birth certificate directly online using our simplified web form.