What's Up with America's Baby Bust?

America’s fertility rate started sinking with the 2007 recession—dipping from 2.12 to 1.77 in 2017.

Even a rebounding economy couldn’t bring back a baby bounce. The Economist explores the reasons—from mathematical quirks, to family finances and cultural shifts—and highlights the shrinking families of 2 groups in particular: Hispanic Americans and urbanites.
The article posits some intriguing theories—such as, are cities with shrinking apartments not just accommodating singletons, but creating more?—and points to larger-than-expected suburban families in England and Finland. “It is almost as though extra bedrooms and child-friendly neighbourhoods make children,” the Economist concludes.

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