US births continue to decline as nearly half of women under 45 are childless: study (nypost.com), By Allie Griffin January 12, 2023 Nearly half of American women under 45 are childless, according to a new study. About 52% of women between the ages of 15 to 44 gave birth between 2015 to 2019 -- a drop from nearly 55% in the prior four-year period, according to the study published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The number of biological fathers in the same age range also dipped. From 2015 to 2019, about 40% of men had fathered a child -- compared to about 44% during 2011 to 2015. The number of babies each woman is birthing decreased as well and more and more women are putting off childbearing to later in life. The drop in birthrate is especially prevalent among white women. This is going to have big demographic implications for the future. And what is happening in the U.S. is mirroring what has already begun in Japan. (The U.S. currently about where Japan was 15 years ago) Part of this is due to many young families not feeling they can afford to have children. Part of that is the high cost of housing in many areas.