A Declining Population Need Not Cause Angst

| June 11, 2019 | Leave a Comment

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Year of Publication: 2019

Author(s): From Harrop

Newspaper: Real Clear Politics

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Total births in the United States fell last year to about 3.79 million, the smallest number in 32 years. The fertility rate hit a record low of 59 childbirths per 1,000 women. Americans are not having enough children to replace themselves.

This supposedly is bad news. Headlines are crying about a “Shortage of Americans” and “Demographic Decline.”

I don’t know. There seem to be plenty of Americans to go around. If population growth were the mark of national greatness, Oman, Equatorial Guinea and Angola would be the stars.

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