Demography is Destiny: U.S. Fertility Keeps Declining

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 2017, the U.S. had a fertility rate of 1.76, the lowest on record. As recently as a decade ago, it was 2.08, close to replacement, but itself a far cry from where it was in 1960 (3.5). The bad news keeps getting worse. Not everyone cares. Libertarians – who care deeply about the legalization of marijuana and private ownership of tactical nuclear weapons – are nonchalant. Most lack the awareness to even begin discussing what could be the greatest crisis of the 21st century. In terms of demography, fertility refers to the number of children the average woman will have in her lifetime. Roughly 2.1 is needed just to maintain current population.
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