This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at differences in state birth rates. Mike, the most recent data for birth rates in the country – for the year 2017 – were just released. Overall, the national birth rate was below replacement level. But I imagine there are significant differences among the states.
- Yes – only two states – South Dakota and Utah – had birth rates above replacement
- In general, states on the two coasts had the lowest birth rates, whereas states in the plains area – including Texas, Kansas, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Arkansas – had the highest birth rates
- North Carolina is among those eastern states with low birth rates – most of our neighbors are similar
- NC continues to add people mainly due to in-migration
- I’m MW
Mary: And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.