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Updated: January 21, 2022 @ 5:41 am

WASHINGTON (WV News) — West Virginia’s birth rate is the eighth lowest in the nation, According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population and Housing Unit Estimates Program.
The number of births in the past decade in the United States fell by 4% in 2020, dropping the birth rate to its lowest point on record. Experts factored in the increase in the average age of mothers, as people have been marrying and having children later in life. The COVID-19 pandemic may have deterred many would-be parents from starting families, officials said.
Since 2007, the U.S. birth rate is well below what is referred to as “replacement-level fertility,” the birth rate a country must maintain to keep population levels stable without immigration.
In West Virginia, the birth rate is below the national average. There were 9.6 births for every 1,000 people in the state between July 1, 2020, and last July 1 compared to 10.8 per 1,000 nationwide,
Due in part to a lower than average birth rate, births did not outpace deaths in West Virginia in the most recent year of available data. 

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