Birth Rates

Large numbers of young people, some wearing and masks and others note, walk around an outdoor shopping mall in Southern California.

Five Takeaways From California’s 2022 Demographic Changes

California’s recent population losses could provide an opportunity for state leaders to address the challenges facing the state.

January 1, 2023 - Mercury News

Empty Swings

The Pandemic Baby Bust

The economic uncertainty of the pandemic has added to already declining birth rates in a troubling sign for the future of the American economy.

March 17, 2021 - The New York Times

Washington, D.C.

Planning Trends to Watch in 2021

The nation is now tasked with the challenge of changing course in the middle of multiple, global crises. The necessity of finding a way to overcome the failures of the past and lay the groundwork for a new kind of future has never been more clear.

January 31, 2021 - James Brasuell

Rural Bus Stop

Most Rural Counties Losing Population

Experts expect the 2020 Census to reveal some potentially startling trends of population decline in rural parts of the country.

June 23, 2018 - Axios

McMansions

Grim Demographics for Outer Suburbs in the East and Midwest

While migration bolsters the populations of outer suburbs in the West and the South, their counterparts in the East and the Midwest show signs of decline. That includes well-off areas.

March 30, 2018 - The New York Times

Kids

Does Suburbia Promote Fertility?

In Joel Kotkin's new book The Human City, he argues that suburbanization promotes higher birthrates. But this policy doesn't seem to have worked so far.

November 7, 2016 - Michael Lewyn

For the First Time, White Deaths Exceed Births in the U.S., Reports Census

The demographic milestone shows how the U.S. is quickly becoming a nation of minorities - and also shows the rapid aging and lower birth rates of the white, non-hispanic demographic. However, due to immigration, the total white population increased.

June 14, 2013 - USA Today

Shrinking and Aging Population Poses Problems for Germany

Emigration is up and the birth rate is dropping in Germany, where people are starting to worry about what a shrinking and aging population will mean for the country's future.

May 31, 2010 - Der Spiegel

Birth Rates Falling and Cities Failing

Birth rates are dropping across Europe, and some cities are on the verge of collapse because of it. Exhibit A: Hoyerswerda, Germany.

February 2, 2010 - Guardian

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