Utah is known for its high birth rate, but an ongoing lag has researchers wondering if the state is in a new era of lower fertility.
The state’s demographers expected people to start having more children as they recovered from the Great Recession, but even with more people working and making more money the state’s fertility rate has continued to drop, the the Deseret News reports.
Utah’s fertility rate fell to 2.03 births per woman last year — the lowest rate in more than 50 years, new census data shows. The state, which had the highest rate in the United States as recently as 2015, now sits behind North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
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