COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Births have been way down in Branch County and they have really taken a big dive across the U.S. to the lowest level in more than 90 years. The number of babies born in the county was 511 back in 2007.
Four years later, the number fell to 274. A newPewResearchCenterstudy shows the birth rate in theU.S.was off by eight-percent last year, to a level last seen in 1920.
The national birth rate of 62-point-three births per one-thousand women of childbearing age is barely more than half of its peak, which happened in 1957. The decline could have a far reaching impact on theU.S.economy and social policy.
A steady drop could challenge long-held beliefs that births to immigrants will help maintain the population and create the taxpaying workforce needed to support the aging baby-boom generation.