Minnesota Has Had One of the Biggest Drops in Births in America
One of the few positive things that was supposed to come out of the COVID pandemic was a good, old-fashioned, baby boom across America.
Well, that never really happened.
According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, there was an uptick in births, but by less than one percent, which is hardly headline-grabbing material.
So what about birthrates in America since then?
24/7 Tempo reviewed the number of births in each state in 2021 and 2022 using preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and they found that we're on our way back down again, by about one percent.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, several states are lagging behind even more.
The North Star State went from 64,429 live births in 2021 to 63,930 in 2022 That's the 18th biggest decrease in the country,
Elsewhere in the Tri-State area, birthrates in South Dakota and Iowa are also down, but at a much smaller level.
The Mount Rushmore State (29th overall) is off 178 births from 2021 (11,518) to 2022 (11,340), but stretched out over 15 years, the state holds the distinction of having the smallest decrease in the nation (-921).
The Hawkeye State (31st overall) is down 151 babies over the past year.
STATES WITH THE BIGGEST DROPS IN BIRTHS (2021-2022)
- Illinois: -3,989
- New York: -3,093
- Michigan: -2,712
- Pennsylvania: -2,447
- Wisconsin: -1,845
- Ohio: -1,563
- Oregon: -1,545
- Louisiana: -1,227
- California: -1,227
- Utah: -873
Among the top 10 most-populous states – home to more than half the people in the country – only Texas, Florida, and Georgia recorded year-over-year increases in live births last year.
California has seen the biggest dip in birth rates over the past 15 years. The Golden State is down more than 147,000 births since 2007.
North Dakota has seen the biggest 'baby boom' during that time. The Peace Garden State is up 799 babies since 2007.