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Marriage Rates and Birth Rates at All-Time Lows

The American family has seen booms and busts. Like the economy itself, we're currently in a marriage and birth-rate decline. In fact, since the economic downturn began in 2008, marriage and birth rates in the U.S. have fallen to all-time lows according the U.S. Department of Health and Services. It's a dramatic cooling off from the highest birth rate in U.S. history in 2007, when 4.3 million babies were born. The roles and size of family members have changed throughout our history, but the one thing that has remained constant is that when the economy goes, so too do births and marriages. Dips in these two have occurred during the past recessions of 1981-82, 1990-91 and in 2001. If this current downturn is alarming to you, don't be worried, when each of these recessions ended back came the high number of marriages and births. For data by state, click here for PDF report.

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