The U.S. birthrate fell to the lowest level since the federal government began compiling statistics in 1909. The number of births in 2019 was about 3.75 million, the lowest number of total births there has been in 35 years. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. saw a rate of 58.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15–44. The only age group that saw an increase in births was for women in their 40s. Birth rates usually drop during economic crisis but this is exceptionally low.