America’s age gap, visualized

‘Fertility rates each year have hit new record lows.’
Katie O’Brien holds her son, Bennett, on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in the birthing room where she delivered him in July at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

America’s population is aging. The good news: Part of that aging is because medical advances are keeping us alive, longer. The bad news: We’re not having enough children to replace older generations.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds there are far more Americans in their 30s today than there are Americans under the age of 10. Those figures highlight what demographers call a “baby bust,” a stark decline in birthrates that began during the Great Recession 15 years ago and persists today.

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