U.S. fertility rates decreases

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The fertility rate in the United States is continuing to decrease.  The most recent demographic assessment reported a fertility rate of 1.9, which is below the replacement level necessary for a population to grow.

This rate even puts the United States below some European countries such as France and England, which have been historically low.

The large generation of baby-boomers gave birth to the echo boom generation, who are now of childbearing age.  Therefore, one would expect a growing population.

However, the decreased rate may be a result of the slow economy, as young people put off having children in hopes of saving money.