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More Americans Say They Are Unlikely To Have Kids, Survey Finds

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at November 20, 2021


Amid a decline in the birth rate in the U.S., a growing share of childless American adults do not plan on having kids, a new poll by the Pew Research Center found.

Key Facts

Some 44% of adults ages 18-49 who don’t have children said they were “not too likely” or “not at all likely” to have kids down the road, up seven percentage points from 37% in 2018, according to the survey.

Both men and women were equally likely to reply they were unlikely to have children in the future.

More than half of adults (56%) who don’t have children and replied they don’t plan on having one said “they just don’t have to have kids,” according to the survey conducted between Oct. 18-24.

Other reasons were: medical (19%), financial (17%), no partner (15%), respondents or their partner’s age (10%), state of the world (9%) and climate change (5%).

Big Number

3.6 million. That’s the number of babies born in the U.S. last year, according to data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. It was the lowest since 1979.

Key Background

In May, the Pew Research Center said data suggests that pandemic-induced anxiety could have contributed to more women delaying pregnancies. The birth rate had already dropped to a record low in 2019 before the pandemic.

Further Reading

More American Adults Say They Don’t Expect to Have a Child: Poll (Bloomberg)

American Birth And Fertility Rates Plunge To All Time Lows During Covid Pandemic, CDC Says (Forbes)


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