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Insight: Most of the Nation Experiences Increasing Fertility Rates in 2021, but Not Utah

Author: Emily Harris, Senior Demographer

Note: The opinions expressed are those of the author alone and do not reflect an institutional position of the Gardner Institute. We hope the opinions shared contribute to the marketplace of ideas and help people as they formulate their own INFORMED DECISIONS™.

How does that headline make you feel? Some will read it and think it’s positive, and some will read it and feel alarmed. Regardless of how you feel about increasing or decreasing fertility rates, I encourage you to continue reading so that you can begin to understand the nuances of fertility in America.

Fertility in the U.S. has been in a steady decline almost every year since the Great Recession in 2008. In spring of 2022, preliminary data revealed that the U.S. total fertility rate (TFR) increased for the first time since 2014. But we were left to wonder what state-level TFRs looked like and what might be in store for Utah. The wait is finally over and there are some interesting data points from