The highest total fertility rate was in South Dakota, 57 percent greater than the lowest rate in Washington, DC. But the nationwide fertility rate was 16 percent lower than what is considered the level for a population to replace itself.
- Fertility rates for white women were low in every US state in 2017, but up in 12 states for black women and up in 29 states for Hispanic women
- The total fertility rate for the US was 16 percent below the level of a population to replace itself
- It was only higher than what is needed in two states: South Dakota and Utah
- Experts say the reasons are likely due to South Dakota’s growth in the energy sector and Utah’s large Mormon population
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