There were fewer than 4 million births in the U.S. last year — the lowest number since 1998 — making it the fourth year in a row where the nation’s birth rate decreased. The 1 percent decline was not as steep of a drop compared to recent years, but the birth rate for Hispanic women dropped 6 percent and the teen birth rate continued to fall to a new record low. In a statement, Planned Parenthood officials contributed the decline in teen births to teenagers using better forms of birth control.
U.S. Birth Rate Drops For The Fourth Year In A Row