Why We Need More Babies To Sustain Our Population
Here's a scary statistic. Last year, 75% of all the counties in the United States (there are about 3000 counties among the 50 states), reported more deaths than births last year. This was predominantly because of COVID. We just had the smallest population increase in 100 years. Now, this has a huge implication on our society, on our economy, on our sustainability as a nation. This problem is occurring on a global basis.
We don't have a population explosion. We are having a population implosion. We aren't producing enough babies to sustain the human race. It takes 2.1 babies. That's the number that every woman needs to produce 2.1 babies to sustain a population in countries around the world, the number is dramatically less than that. In Japan, it's 1.7. In many countries like Europe, it's somewhere between 1.7 and 2.
Declining birth rates will change life as we know it
Here in the United States, we fell below two babies per woman last year. The implications are huge. Our society is built around babies. Look at the number of schools we have. Look at the number of colleges we have. Colleges have just experienced a 5% decline in enrollment last year. When we produce fewer babies, we don't have the need that we have had traditionally in our nation's infrastructure.
This is going to have massive implications on companies that manufacture everything from diapers and baby food to car seats to our entire education system. More importantly, are we going to run out of people that we need for our workforce and as the existing population ages, who's going to take care of us if there aren't younger people available to work in healthcare, provide caregiving and so on? The smallest population increase in 100 years.