California birth rate falls again to near-record low

Published: Thursday, May. 29, 2014 - 10:26 am

Even as the economy improves, Californians aren't having many children, according to new, preliminary figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Californians gave birth to about 504,000 children in 2013, equivalent to 13.1 births per 1,000 residents. That's the lowest birth rate in California since 1933 -- the heart of the Great Depression.

The biggest decline in births came among non-Hispanic whites. The number of births to non-Hispanic white mothers fell from roughly 149,000 in 2012 to about 146,000 in 2013.

Women across the country and in California continue to put off having children until later in life. Birth rates nationwide last year fell for mothers under 30 but rose for mothers 30 and older.

This chart shows historical birth rates in California.

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | California Department of Public Health

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